Virgil Joseph Rossi

Born: Wed., Dec. 10, 1924
Died: Thu., Apr. 16, 2015


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Apr. 20, 2015
Location: Stephen J Sherman Funeral Home

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Tue., Apr. 21, 2015
Location: St. Bartholomew Catholic Church

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Virgil Joseph Rossi, 90, of Sharpsville, passed away peacefully 7:48 am on Thursday April 16th, 2015 at St. Joseph Hospital Warren, OH.  
Virgil was born on December 10th, 1924 to Virginio Joseph and Nora Jean (Falvo) Rossi in the homestead Sharpsville, PA. He graduated from Sharpsville High School class of 1942. He also graduated from barber school and received his barber’s license. Virgil owned and operated Rossi Barber Shop in Sharpsville with his father and brother Ralph since 1945.
He was a member of St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church in Sharpsville since 1924. He served as an alterboy, beginning in 1st grade. Virgil has been a member of St. Bartholomew R.C. Church Holy Name Society since 1942. He was also a member of the Joe Cann Band 20 years, Bennie Jones Band 2 years, Buhl Band over 10 years, Mercer Band over 10 years, he served on the Sharpsville Boro Zoning Board, and was a member of the Sharpsville Service Club over 30 years. Virgil enjoyed playing the clarinet and saxophone and also talking about the past.
Virgil is survived by his 2 nieces - Shari (Brent) Sollberger of Vienna, OH, Traci (Jonathan) Multari of Hermitage, PA; nephew - Ralph (Tiffany) Rossi of West Middlesex, PA; 3 great nephews - Mason Sollberger, Michael Rossi, Mark Rossi; several godchildren, and sister in law - Marie J. Rossi of Sharpsville, PA.
He was preceded in death by father, Virginio Joseph Rossi, mother, Nora Jean Rossi, sister, Linda M. Rossi, and brother, Ralph A. Rossi.
Friends may call Monday, April 20, 2015 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Stephen J. Sherman Funeral Home, 2201 Highland Rd. Hermitage, PA.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015, 11:00 am at St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church Sharpsville, PA with Father Matthew Strickenberger, officiating.
Burial will take place in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Dementia Society of America PO Box 600 Doylestown, PA 18901 USA.

Arrangements entrusted to the Stephen J. Sherman Funeral Home in Hermitage, PA.

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Ed Marino
   Posted Sat April 18, 2015
A true gentleman of the old school and a friend to all who entered his shop. He is and will be greatly missed by any and all who were privileged to know him.

Tony D'Urso
   Posted Sat April 18, 2015
Even after moving to Cincinnati, Ohio over 10 years ago, I would plan my haircuts around a trip back to the valley to see my family. Virgil and his brother Ralph had been cutting my hair since I was a boy - and cut my granfather's hair before mine.

Virgil always took an interest in what I was doing and implored me to give best wishes to my family. While it's cliche to say he was more than the man who cut my hair, he was a friend - I think the fact that I still traveled over 300 miles to see him proves that I looked at him as a good friend - someone whom I still had a connection to my grandfather with.

Goodbye, Virg - grandpa is waiting for his trim from you!

Tony D'Urso

Gerald A. Buhi
   Posted Mon April 20, 2015
Mr. Rossi was a true gentleman. I always felt welcome at his barber shop and enjoyed fun conversations with Virgie. Wonderful atmosphere inside his shop no matter the weather or current events. Enjoyed his biography that the Herald ran several years ago about him and shared it with friends and family. I also remember him as a gentlemanly presence as an usher at St. Bartholomew's.

Ted Patrick
   Posted Tue April 21, 2015
Virgil was a true friend and Musician knowing him for many years, his humor and laugh will be sadly missed, along with the stories we would share . I will always cherish the times when we played in the Mercer county Community Band and the Buhl Concert Band. God Be with You ! R.I.P.

Renee Stigliano
   Posted Fri May 01, 2015
Virgil was like a permanent part of St. Bartholomew's who greeted my girls and I every time we went to Mass. When I had to go alone, he always asked how my family was. He always, always had a smile and a kind word for us. He will be missed by so many. I'm glad to have known him.

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