On Tuesday, February 2, 2021, Donald Rossi passed away quietly at home surrounded by loved ones following a prolonged illness. He was 89 years old.
Don was born on May 6, 1931 in Leechburg, PA, to Frank and Catherine (Skierski) Rossi. He grew up in North Apollo, PA,
and worked for US Steel before joining the Navy in 1951. He served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Midway until 1955.
Upon returning home, he met his wife of more than 64 years, Juanita Ghiardi. They were married in Avonmore, PA, in
December of 1956 and raised three children: Don, Tina, and Cindy.
After marrying, Don returned to school at Penn Tech in Pittsburgh and earned a degree in electronics. Upon graduating,
he secured a job with the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) as a computer maintenance technician. He was one of the first
trained in the use and maintenance of IBM computers. He worked for the FAA until his retirement in 1987.
Don's work brought him and his family to Ohio where he would eventually design and build the family's home on 26
acres in Henrietta Township. They eventually sold the home to move closer to family 20 years later. Don and Juanita
spent a good deal of their retirement in Florida, though they always kept a summer home in Findlay. They eventually
returned to Findlay full time in 2019.
Don enjoyed a lifelong love of cars, woodworking, repair work, and all-around tinkering. One of his final projects was to
build grandfather clocks for each of his eight grandchildren. He relaxed by playing the piano beautifully though he never
used sheet music.
Don was proceeded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Juanita; his three children, Don (Dr. Cindy) Rossi of
Albuquerque, NM, Dr. Tina (Dr. Don MacMaster) Rossi of Alpena, MI, and Cindy (Dr. Tom) Strigle of Findlay; his sister
Marianne (Dave) Bochna of Seven Fields, PA; eight grandchildren, Stephen (Chantee) Strigle, Elizabeth (Zach) Coleman,
Kathleen Strigle, Kimberly (Adam Schroeder) Strigle, Rachel (John Ryan) MacMaster, Joseph MacMaster, Rebecca
MacMaster, and Sarah MacMaster; and many nieces and nephews.
A virtual memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. and can be viewed on Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/kirkpatrickbehnke. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Bridge Hospice in Findlay, the American Heart Association, or the American