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David H. DeRossi

Born: 1952     Died: 2012

David  H. DeRossi

David H. DeRossi, age 59, U.S. Navy Veteran. Beloved husband of Rose nee Stapay. Loving father of Sarah and Amy. Cherished son of Arlene Aubrecht and the late Henry DeRossi. Fond brother of Jan (Ralph) Morris. Devoted son-in-law of John and Rosemary Stapay. Also loved by many nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation Monday 3-9pm at the Brady-Gill Funeral Home 16600 S. Oak Park Ave. Tinley Park. Lying in state Tuesday 10-11am at Zion Lutheran Church 17100 S. 69th Ave. until time of services at 11:00am.Interment Zion Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made in David’s memory to Zion Lutheran Church. (708) 614-9900 or


May 14, 2012  3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brady-Gill, Tinley Park   -   Map
16600 S. Oak Park Ave.
Tinley Park


Tuesday, May 15, 2012
11:00 AM
Zion Lutheran Church, Tinley Park, IL.

Final Disposition:

Zion Lutheran Cemetery
Tinley Park, IL



alice Daniels 06-11-2012 18:02

I would like to offer the family my heartfelt condolences. It was such a shock to learn of Dave's passing. He was just a "big ole Teddy Bear" once you got to know him. I remember I was scared to call and ask him questions about the project we worked on with him. Then one day I just asked him why he was sounding so mean and acting like he did not want to be bothered. We had a long talk that day and several after which allowed me to know the true Dave DeRossi. He was one of the few who came to see me on my last day when I retired. He was a true "gem" and it was my pleasure to know and work with him.

Kim lake Mulvenna 05-14-2012 22:00

I grew up around the corner from David when his parents were still married in dolton, Illinois. As I read the stories I see he always remained gruff, as he was as a child. My mother is a cousin to his mother, so we are related in an extended way. My heart and sorrow go out to his mother, Arlene, and his sister jan. And also to his wife and children. It takes time to find peace when you lose a son, and a brother, a husband and a father. Take the time you need to heal and grieve. Love to all. Kim lake Mulvenna

Julio J Lopez 05-14-2012 19:54

I was shocked when I heard Dave was gone.
He and discussed many things in our years working on stressful projects. He taught me so many things about work and life.
He sent birthday cards to my Dad while my dad was alive and always prayed for our family. Whether it was work, my PT Cruiser, or pets he was a pleasure to talk with. When he was so sad that the first guinea pig had died I tried to comfort him and he felt so silly about crying over a 'wheek wheek'. He will be missed greatly by his family and friend.
Maybe he can see Cuba from heaven. God bless you all. Julio

Louise De Rossi Fadder 05-14-2012 18:46

Our deepest sympathy, sorry we couldn't be their. George &Louise Fadder &Family .

Helen Maluga 05-14-2012 12:02

Sincere sympathy for David's family and especially for his mother Arlene and sister Jan (Who are dear friends as well as cousins) I am unable to attend the services for David because I am in Texas for Mothers Day but my prayers are with all of you. I extend these prayers from Lorraine Harms also who is in Florida at this time. Our love is with you, Helen and Lorraine

M. Khalid Khan 05-14-2012 08:30

I have known Dave since I joined HCSC about five years ago. We got along well and I always found him nice and professional. We would often talk about things other than work and I enjoyed his knowledge about automobiles. A few months back we were moved to different locations in the building and would not see each other daily. Although we would still meet every now and then. He was a nice guy and will be missed.

Steve Schuster 05-11-2012 11:08

Dave was probably my best friend at work. My first couple of years here, I couldn't quite figure him out (the bluster, the gruff exterior). So I lost my temper with him a couple of times and blasted him. Slowly I started to know the real Dave. We became very comfortable with each other. We started exchanging verbal and email barbs almost continously which we both really loved to do. Dave fired the first salvo in what became know around here as the "rubber band wars" when he took some pot shots at my Obama doll perched on my desk. From that point on, the rubber bands were flying and soon John Leo joined in to make it three combatants. Dave would call me swine and I would call him slug or worse. Dave would call me jackwaggon and I would counter with fascist pig. It was endless and enjoyable. Some of the barbs I cannot repeat. All in good fun though . . . always. We enjoyed teasing Julio and this was a continuous activity as well. I must admit I particularly delighted in bothering Dave when he wasn't in the mood to be bothered. He would be busy saving the world (working on an important problem) and I would saunter over to him, lean on his cubicle, and ask if he wanted to talk to me for a few minutes. "NO, I don't want to talk to you! Get AWAY!" I would ask him after a few moments, "Are you sure?" At this, he would blow his stack again, much to my glee.

We became very close. We had talked about starting to socialize, the four of us. Then fate intervened. I loved Dave and told him so in an email, the big lug. I will miss him greatly. Most of us are numb around here. God bless you and your family. Dave has been and will remain in my prayers, when I remember to say them (I am a fallen Lutheran).


Donna Serafin 05-10-2012 20:37

Dearest Rose, Sarah and Amy:

We wanted to send you our deep sympathy. It has been a privilege to know Dave and see firsthand his loving commitment to all of you. He was so proud of all of you. The music both of you girls played made your dad smile so proudly, you added so much joy to his life. What a funny, wonderful and kind friend. We will forever cherish the memories and hold him in our hearts forever. Love, Donna, Fred, Joe, Jenny & Nick


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