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Margaret Cecilia Rossano

March 7, 1924 - December 24, 2013
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Margo Rossano died peacefully on Christmas Eve 2013 after a long illness. Margo was born in 1924 in Los Angeles, California and was raised in Hollywood. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in French. Margo's aspirations to use her French to help in the rebuilding of France at the end of WW II were interrupted, however, when during her senior year she met a dashing young officer in the newly formed Public Health Service, August T. Rossano. After an accelerated courtship, Margo and Russ were married on December 6, 1944 in Denver, Colorado, beginning a long and happy life together. Margo rose to the challenge of...
Margo Rossano died peacefully on Christmas Eve 2013 after a long illness. Margo was born in 1924 in Los Angeles, California and was raised in Hollywood. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in French. Margo's aspirations to use her French to help in the rebuilding of France at the end of WW II were interrupted, however, when during her senior year she met a dashing young officer in the newly formed Public Health Service, August T. Rossano. After an accelerated courtship, Margo and Russ were married on December 6, 1944 in Denver, Colorado, beginning a long and happy life together. Margo rose to the challenge of moving and managing a rapidly growing family, as Russ was transferred frequently to new Public Health Service assignments across the United States. Invariably positive when settling her family into new communities and schools, Margo was especially fond of Russ' last assignment to the faculty of the California Institute of Technology – full circle back to her beloved Southern California. When Russ retired from the Public Health Service in 1962 to join the faculty of the University of Washington, Margo "loaded up all eight kids" (including one recent arrival) and moved the family to Bellevue.
Margo loved young children and was fascinated by their early development. She started a music program for young children in her home on Clyde Hill and a Sunday school for young children at her long time parish church, Sacred Heart.
In 1966, Margo's passion for education and her determination to better meet the needs of her youngest child led her to a lifelong engagement with Montessori education. After steeping herself in Montessori principles and teaching methods, Margo started a pre-school in a small house a few blocks north of Bellevue Square. It was the first Montessori school in Bellevue. When the school outgrew the house, Margo worked with her architect son, August, to design and build a new school and campus. Completed in 1972 at the east end of NE 24th Street (now the intersection of 112th Ave NE and NE 24th Street) Bellevue Montessori School continues to pursue Margo's mission to offer the finest Montessori education to pre-school and elementary students.
Margo became a leader in Montessori education, establishing a training program for Montessori teachers, supporting and participating in the formation of other Montessori schools, consulting with other Montessori schools and educators, and mentoring innumerable Montessori teachers. Two of her daughters, Jeannine and Renee, followed her into Montessori education and founded their own schools.
Margo's beloved husband, Russ, died in 2009 - only a few months before their 65th wedding anniversary. She is survived by her eight children, August Rossano (Lucy), Marilyn Rossano, Pamela Myers (Don), Jeannine Hanson (Paul), Renee Thornton (James), Kit Rossano (Eriko), Steve Rossano (Patrice) and Teresa Bikhazi (Paul), by 17 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
Margo was devoted to her children, who love her dearly. Margo's family celebrated her life with a private mass at the Newman Center at the University of Washington. Both Margo and Russ were deeply attached to the Newman Center, having met at the University of California's Newman Center in the fall of 1943. A Memorial Service will be held at Emerald Heights on Friday, January 10 at 3:00 pm. Emerald Heights is located at 10901 176th Circle NE, Redmond, WA 98052. All are welcome to attend.

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"A sad farewell to one of the pioneers of Montessori education in the Northwest.We will remember Margo as the dynamic woman who paved the way for many of us..." Suzanne Haggard (Seattle, WA)

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