Charles Rossini passed away Friday, November 4, in Redding, Calif., at the age of 84. He was a devoted husband and father and is survived by his wife of 64 years, Rita, and his children Carolyn Usrey, Kathleen Kosarek, Doris Mendez and Micheal Rossini. He is also survived by six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was a member of St. Joseph’s Parish, the Knights of Columbus, and was a local businessman for many years. He was a farmer at heart and will be lovingly remembered and missed by his family.
Charlie was born on Oct. 2, 1927, in Crescent City. He grew up in Fort Dick on the family ranch, which he was still able to enjoy until recently. He attended local schools and as a young man worked for different businesses throughout the area including Westbrook Ranches, Zatolla Cheese Factory, Butler Freight, and Asbury Transportation.
In 1967 he and Rita opened Coast to Coast Hardware in the Crescent City Shopping Center. Many years later they purchased the property across the street where the family business, Coast True Value, is located today. He and Rita had many acquaintences and friends from the hardware industry and enjoyed traveling with them to Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico and various other places.
Growing up on the ranch instilled in him a work ethic and foundation of responsibility, dedication and honesty. He lived his life with those values, as the most important things to him were family, faith and community.
A Celebration of Life Mass honoring Charles will be held on Friday, November 11, 2011, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. A gathering for family and friends will be held at the Parish Hall following Mass. Family members ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Alzheimers Association: P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090, or a favorite charity.
Funeral arrangments are being handled by Wier’s Mortuary.
— Submitted by Wier’s Mortuary Chapel