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Rossana Valobra Paterni

Died: Fri., Apr. 8, 2011

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MISSOULA - Rossana Valobra Paterni, age 89, of Missoula passed away Friday, April 8, 2011 at her home.  She was born May 3, 1921, Florence, Italy to Benvenuto Valobra and Aurelia Taglietti.  Rossana married Paul J. Paterni (deceased) on June 6. 1946.   She is survived by her son Mike Paterni, his spouse Kathy and their daughter Jin Paterni of Missoula, Montana and her son Mark Paterni, his spouse Linda of Ellicott City, Maryland and their children Josh Paterni of Durham, North Carolina and Sara Paterni Donaldson of West Palm Beach, Florida.   Rossana was born and raised in Florence, Italy, one of eight siblings; she is survived by her younger sister Velleda Barontini of Florence, Italy, and many nephews and nieces.  World War II devastated the Valobra family forcing them to disperse around Florence and Northern Italy.  The four brothers fought as Partisans against the Nazi occupation forces, Dante, Rossana's youngest brother, was killed in action against Nazi troops.  Rossana and her older sister Lea were couriers for the Partisans.   Rossana was preceded in death by her husband Paul; her mother and father; brothers, Dante, Anso, Cesare, and Sauro; and sisters, Sara and Lea.    When Florence was liberated from Nazi occupation by the British Army Rossana was employed by British Military Intelligence where she met her future husband Paul who was serving with the U.S. Army OSS attached to the British unit in Florence.    Rossana emigrated as a war bride to the U.S. in 1946.  She lived at first in Detroit, Michigan and eventually in Maryland, California, Virginia, Illinois, and the District of Columbia, moving with her husband during his career with the U.S. Secret Service. She retired with her husband to Missoula in 1973.   Rossana and Paul tremendously enjoyed entertaining family and friends.  She took joy in preparing meals for the ravenous hordes that often accompanied her sons.  Her hospitality was graciously shared with all, and many of Mark and Mike's friends recount wonderful memories of good times shared with the Paterni family.    After her husband passed away in 1984 she remained in Missoula until 1995. She moved to Billings to be close to her son, Mike and his family, particularly her granddaughter, Jin.  Jin and Rossana were very close, and their relationship was one of the brightest lights in her life. Her grandchildren, Jin, Sara, and Josh were the pride of her life along with her husband and sons.  In 2001 she returned to Missoula with Mike and his family.   We will miss her tremendously. We are consoled by wonderful memories of a loving and gracious wife, mother, and friend.   A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday April 12, 10:30 am at St. Francis Catholic Church, 420 Pine Street, Missoula.   In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Partners Hospice, 2687 Palmer Street, Suite B, Missoula, MT 59808. 

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Bill and Crystal Avey
   Posted Sun April 10, 2011
Dear Paterni Family,

Our hearts are with you at this time of loss. You are in our prayers and thoughts.

Bill and Crystal Avey

RD Marks
   Posted Mon April 11, 2011
My condolences. I really enjoyed knowing Rosanna. She always had such great stories to tell about her life. And at Christmas she always remembered to drop her special holiday bread off at the office. My life is richer having had her part of it.
Best Wishes, RD Marks

Beverly Paterni Schmidt
   Posted Mon April 11, 2011
It is my privileage and honor to send my heartfelt condolences to Michael and Mark and their respective families and loved ones who shared cherished memories with Rossana. I recall as a child your parent's visit to Detroit. Your Dad, always showing an interest in other peoples lives and never boastful of his own impressive accomplishments. You're Mother I recall had great beauty and elegance. I was unaware until later years of the important and dangerous job she held. She, also shared the trait of humality. However, the strongest testament to your parent's great character is Mike and Mark. I am very blessed to take claim of the ancestry. One final note to Michael in taking him and Kathy for graciously hosting my visit. I will always remember your Mother with a smile unchanged from years past. She took great joy in showing me around her lovely home and took such delight in watching football...her enthusiasm was contagious. God took a living Angel.
Bev Paterni

Matthew Schmidt
   Posted Mon April 11, 2011
My name is Matthew Schmidt and although I have never met your Mother I felt compelled to express my heartfelt condolence. I wish to share with you in all honesty that one of the main reasons I have chosen to enter law enforcement at the Federal Level was because of the many times my own mother spoke of your family. From the wonderfully written obituary I now see why my mom spoke with pride. I also see that Your Mom's first priority was her family.
Most Sincerely, Matt Schmidt

Malinda Bradley
   Posted Tue April 12, 2011
Rossana was among the most beautiful people I have ever, or will ever, know. Though I knew her for only a short time, I could never adequately express the impact that she has made on my life-I am a better person for having known her. She will live in my heart forever. My love and condolences to all of you.

Bob and Linda Kirkpatrick
   Posted Wed April 13, 2011
You and your family are in our prayers and thoughts.

Sincerely Bob & Linda Kirkpatrick

Bill & Rondi Hayward
   Posted Thu April 28, 2011
Mike & Kathy,
Making a house call to Rosanna's to spruce up her plants was always a pleasure. A cutting from her pink flowering hibiscus lives on in Florence--Montana! Thank you, Rosanna.
Bill & Rondi Hayward

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