Melanie J. Rossi

Melanie J. RossiMelanie J. Rossi, 58, passed away peacefully March 11, 2020, at Simply Caring Angels Assisted Living after a battle with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

She was born Jan. 8, 1962, at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. Melanie attended St. Ann School through eighth grade and graduated from Burroughs High School.

Melanie earned an MBA from the University of Nevada at Reno. She served as chief financial officer for Emheiser Research until her return to Ridgecrest in 2000. After spending 12 years working as office manager for Saint Ann School, she worked as a financial analyst for Wyle/KBR for 7 years.

Melanie was a lifelong lover of the Rolling Stones, volleyball, hiking the Sierras, yardsales, Round Table pizza and vintage cars. She continued to serve Saint Ann School through her active involvement on the school board and coaching the girls volleyball team. She served as treasurer of WACOM.

Melanie is survived by her parents, Ron and Nancy Rossi; brothers, Giovanni (Gail) Rossi, Lance (Margaret) Rossi; sisters Tami Welsh and Maria (Marty) Wigtion; 4 nieces; 9 nephews; and 6 grandnephews.

Visitation will be at Holland & Lyons Chapel on Friday, March 20, from 5-7 p.m. Rosary will be held at 6 p.m.

Because of current events prompting the church closure, a private mass will be held at St. Ann Catholic Church. A memorial mass and celebration of life will be held at a later date, to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to St. Ann School or the CJD Foundation ( The family greatly appreciates the compassionate care Melanie received from Ridgecrest Regional Hospice and Simply Caring Angels Assisted Living.

— Submitted by the family of Melanie Rossi

Story First Published: 2020-03-20