Mary J. Rossi, real estate broker

August 15, 2021

Mary J. Rossi, 83, of Bethany Beach, formerly Ridgefield, N.J., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021, at her home.

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Sept. 13, 1937, daughter of the late Martin Higgins and Mary (Killian) Higgins.  Mary and her husband Philip owned American Way Realty in Ridgefield, where she served as the broker.  

After retiring to Bethany Beach, she became very involved with her husband in the town of Bethany Beach. She was instrumental in the planning of the 4th of July Parade for 10 years, established the Parade Scrapbook and also provided large Italian meals for the employees of the town of Bethany and also the Department of Public Works in Bethany.  She was an avid bridge player, belonging to several clubs, and also enjoyed playing golf.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Edward William Rossi, who passed away July 23, 2017.  She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Philip C. Rossi; two children, Philip G. Rossi of Palisades Park, N.J., and Roseanne Jahnke and her husband Richard of Ramsey, N.J.; four grandsons, Brendan and Bryan Jahnke and Enrico and Edward Rossi; and three brothers, Tom Higgins of Fort Lee, N.J., Bill Higgins of New York City, N.Y., and John Higgins and his wife Janet of Sarasota, Fla.

A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 18, at St. Ann Catholic Church, 691 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m.  Interment will be private.  The service will be livestreamed by visiting St. Ann Catholic Church’s Facebook page at

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Mary’s name to Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, 220 Continental Drive, Suite 101, Newark, DE 19713.

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