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“I was absolutely shocked when I read of Jody's passing. I worked with Jody for over 5 yrs., and he was as fine a man as you will ever meet. May God...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Steve Wells

“Jody was a very caring wonderful guy, every time I saw him he always gave me a hug and he always called me Ma. ”
2 of 27 | Posted by: gail bonestell

“I offer the following Native American prayer for our friend, coworker and community leader Jody Rossitz, who passed into the spirit world Tuesday...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Drew Boggess - Shokan, NY

“Mr and Mrs Rossitz and family, so very sorry to hear of Jody's illness and passing. I have many fond memories of Jody and your family. My thoughts...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Marianne (Rother) Neumann - NY

“My heart and deepest condolences to the Rozzitz family. My you always have sweet memories of Jody. Hold them close. I will always remember Jody being...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Paula Herdman - Big Indian

“We are stunned and truly saddened by Jody's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dot and the Rossitz family at this difficult time. While we...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Wayne Speranza - Friend

“Sincere condolences to Dot and the entire Rossitz family. I new Jody for 35 years. Beginning as a new firefighter and later as a co-worker/friend...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Al Studt - Cocoa, FL - Friend

“Bless you Jody you were a great inspiration to your community and others as well, may this live on in the hearts of all you have touched. You are...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: Donna Rossman - Arkville, NY

“Peace be with you all. Continued prayers of comfort for the family. ”
9 of 27 | Posted by: Dale & Jane Van Etten - Friend

“Our deepest condolences to the Rossitz family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. As someone who worked so closely with Jody for over 23 years, I...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Michael Hein - Kingston, NY

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Jodys family. He was a good man, always willing to help anyone who asked. He had such a heart to serve the...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Sue Heberle - Coworker

“Dear Rossitz Family - I was so very sorry to hear this sad news... deepest sympathies from your old Bushnellsville neighbor. You are in my prayers...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Mark Gossoo - Naples, NY

“I am shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Jody's passing. He was a great man and a good friend. I worked with Jody for 38 years and he was...Read More »
13 of 27 | Posted by: Diane Ciardi - Friend

“I am shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Jody's passing. He was a great man and a good friend. I worked with Jody for 38 years and he was...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Diane Ciardi - Cottageville, SC

“We were so sad to hear of Jody's passing. Sending prayers and strength to the Rossitz Family and friends. Though I had never met Jody(we share a...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: Joanne Keyser - Family Friend

“Jody was a good friend. As a County Fire Investigator I worked with him on many occasions. May he RIP and my Prays go out to his Family, I know he...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: William Warringer - Irving, TX

“Dear Dottie, I know it has been a long time since Shelly and I left Rotron Woodstock and moved to Ohio, but we both genuinely offer our prayers and...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Steve and Shelly Griffiths - OH

“Keeping the Rossitz family in our thoughts and prayers at this difficutl time. He will be missed by All including his Firehood family. ”
18 of 27 | Posted by: Richard and Jane Cable - Anderson, MO

“Keeping the Rossotz family in our thoughts and prayers at this difficutl time. He will be missed by All including his Firehood family. ”
19 of 27 | Posted by: Richard and Jane Cable - Anderson, MO

“RIP old friend. Sending prayers to your family during this difficult time. ”
20 of 27 | Posted by: Elaine Hafele-McCloskey - NY

“Often think of the times we shared when our boys were active in Boy Scouts. Jody was a wonderful man, he gave Paul many rides to and from work at...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Arline Schmiedel - Friend

“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. . Little did I know when he and I talked 3weeks ago that it would be the last time. He was a...Read More »
22 of 27 | Posted by: Darlene Myer - Catskill, NY

“Our deepest sympathy on the loss of such a wonderful man. This leaves us all with a huge hole as he was very active in Fire company and EMS. Our...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Linda Pettersson - Shandaken

“Our deepest sympathy on the loss of such a wonderful man. This leaves us all with a huge hole as he was very active in Fire company and EMS. Our...Read More »
24 of 27 | Posted by: Linda Pettersson - Shandaken

“so very sorry of passing of such a great man our sympathies are with his family RIP Jodie ”
25 of 27 | Posted by: roseanne maclary - Family Friend

“We are sorry to hear of Jody's passing. I still think back to many good memories of high school and college together. He is in our prayers.Mike and...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: Mike Himes - Huntersville, NC

“I am so sorry to hear of Jodys passing. He was a wonderful person and gave so much to his community. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. ”
27 of 27 | Posted by: Jo Ann Dodd - ME


Big Indian-

John A. "Jody" Rossitz, 59 of Big Indian died Tuesday March 6, 2018 at the Albany Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born in Kingston on June 28, 1958 the son of John F. and Jane Bedell Rossitz. A native and life long resident, he was a graduate of Onteora High School and Alfred State College. As a senior at OCS he dominated the high hurdles, even breaking his own records. He had been a design engineer for Ametek Rotron in Woodstock for about 38 years. He was an active member of both the Shandaken and Woodstock Ambulance Corps. Jody has served as Chief of the Big Indian-Oliverea Fire Department for decades. Additionally he has been the Training Coordinator, Communications Coordinator, and the Medical Control Coordinator for the department. Ulster County has awarded him recognition of valiant efforts, courage, and determination in fulfilling his duties. His commitment to the fire company exemplifies the value he placed on his 'sense of community'. His family describes him as loving, strong, and supportive. His grandchildren absolutely made him light up!
Surviving in addition to his parents of Bushnellsville, are his wife Dorothy Oakley Rossitz whom he married in 1997, a daughter Lisa and her husband Bob Repke of FL; 2 brothers: Jeffrey (Melisa) Rossitz of Rochester, and Jay (Linda) Rossitz of Sommerville,SC. 2 grandchildren: Lauren and Rob, and several nieces and nephews also survive.
A Service to Celebrate the Life of Jody will be held on Saturday at 12 noon at the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home 87 Main St. Phoenicia, with a reception to follow. Spring interment in the Oliverea Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Big Indian-Oliverea Fire Department. Friends will be received on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm at the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home. You may share a special memory or condolence with the family on Jody's Memorial Page at www.gormleyfuneralhome.com

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