Bradenton, Florida on December 29, 2022, Sally (Rafferty) Rolfe, formerly of Warren, Ohio, passed away at the age of 89 in her home after a short illness. Sally’s husband of 68 years, Tom and her 12 children were with her during her final days.
Sally was born on February 17, 1933, in Anderson, Indiana, to John and Corrine Rafferty. She was the 3rd of 6 children. On August 21, 1954, Sally married the love of her life, Thomas (Tom) Rolfe. In addition to Tom, Sally is survived by 12 children: Steve (Carol Theis) Rolfe; John (Tami ) Rolfe; Scott (Linda) Rolfe; Julie (Shawn) Wynne; Rick (Tracey) Rolfe; Peggy (Scott) Rowley; Mike (Jamie) Rolfe; Mary Ann (Michael) Konitsney; Bill (Tomma) Rolfe; Jane (Howard) Cook; Susie (Jim) Bell; and Jennifer (Melvin) Page; 32 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews. Also surviving Sally are her sister, Suzanne Hohman; brother, Michael Rafferty and sister-in-law, Sharon Rafferty. She is preceded in death by her parents, Corinne and John Rafferty; sister’s Barb Aspy and Marilyn (Mickey) Buckley, brother, Tom Rafferty; brother’s in law Bill Aspy; Peter Hohman and Gerald Rigsy and sister-in-law, Jane Rigsby.
While residing in Warren, Sally and Tom were active members of St. Mary’s Church. After surviving her first bout with cancer, the Rolfe family began an event, Rolfe Golf, which raised money to help others who were affected by cancer. Rolfe Golf raised funds for 19 years. When Sally and Tom moved to Bradenton, Florida, she began volunteering at Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, where she continued working for over 20 years. Sally and Tom joined St. Peter and Paul Apostles Church, in Bradenton. She was an active member of the Lakebridge Condo Association, hosting Coffee and Donuts and attending Ladies’ Luncheons.
Sally was known wherever she went as a kind, caring woman who loved God and family above all else. All 12 children, 32 grandchildren and 25 in-laws from both generations were convinced that they were her favorite. Every single one. She had time and energy to stay involved in their lives no matter the occasion or how far away they lived. She never missed a big family party, shower, graduation or wedding. She delighted in every addition to the family, whether a new in-law or a new baby. She loved them all beyond measure.
Family and friends may pay their respects on Friday, January 6th from 4p.m. - 7p.m. at Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel, 1884 North Rd., Warren, Ohio. 44483.
On January 7, 2023 prior to Mass there will be calling hours from 10:00 a.m - 10:45 a.m. at St. Mary and Joseph Church 232 Seneca St., Warren, OH 44483. Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. There will be a private burial at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to Our Daily Bread of Bradenton, P.O. Box 9544, Bradenton, Florida 34206., or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
A celebration of life will be held in Bradenton, Florida on Saturday, February 18, 2023.
Family and friends may visit www.peterrossiandsonfh.com to view this obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences to Sally’s family.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Our Daily Bread of Bradenton
P.O. Box 9544, Bradenton FL 34206