Francesca Bona (Poli) Rossi, 82, of Littleton, N.H., and formerly Barre, Vt., died peacefully with her family by her side at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, N.H., on May 28, 2019.
Francesca was born in Marina di Carrara, Italy on Sept. 17, 1936. The daughter of Vienna (Donati) and Vittorio Poli. Francesca was a vibrant young woman who enjoyed dancing, cycling, and socializing with her five siblings on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
In 1951, Francesca met the love of her life, Dante Rossi, in Castelpoggio, Italy. After four years of courtship, the couple married on October 15, 1955. Following their marriage, Dante began a career as a sculptor and was soon sponsored by LaCroix Memorial in Barre, Vt. The young couple immigrated to the United States with their son Vittorio in June of 1958. Francesca never stopped loving her husband who passed away on February 16, 1987.
In 1976, Francesca began an accomplished career as a homeknitter and was responsible for the creation of several unique designs. In 1982, she was chosen to knit sweaters for the U.S. Olympic Ski Team.
Francesca was well known among her family and friends for her elaborate feasts and for her love of gardening. Loved ones frequently commented that everything she touched flourished.
Francesca is survived by her five children and their spouses: her son Vittorio and his spouse Annette, her son Bruno and his spouse Becky, her son Franco and his spouse Sandra, her son Dante and his spouse Jodi, and her daughter Denise and her spouse Marco Brunicardi. She also has her four sisters—Maria Gloria, her twin Giuliana, Rosanna, and Sonia—and one brother, Alberto. Francesca was a loving grandmother whose legacy lives on in her twelve grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Family and friends may call on Sunday evening, June 2, 6 - 8 p.m., at the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, located at 58 Summer St, Barre, Vt. A mass will be celebrated on Monday, June 3, 2019, at 11 a.m., in Saint Monica’s Catholic Church located at 79 Summer St, Barre, Vt. A burial at Hope Cemetery will follow.
Those wishing to express online condolences can do so at: www.pruneaupollifuneralhome.com