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Oct. 23, 1935 – July 8, 2014

Mario J. Rossetti, a retired justice of State Supreme Court who was assigned as a judge of the state Court of Claims for about 19 years, died Tuesday in his home in Williamsville. He was 78.

A native of Worcester, Mass., Mr. Rossetti attended Buffalo School 3 and Grover Cleveland High School. He received his bachelor’s and law degree from the University of Buffalo.

Mr. Rossetti was a parishioner at Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church on Buffalo’s West Side and served as a lay minister and co-chairman of the Parish Council at St. Gregory the Great Church in the 1980s.

He was an active member in the Justinian Legal Society, Romulus and Rotary clubs, Catholic Charities and countless other public endeavors. He also served on the Erie County Library Board and the Diocesan Review Board.

Along with a successful law practice in the firm of Pierino and Rossetti, he served as confidential law secretary for two Erie County surrogates. In 1987, he was appointed to the Court of Claims, where he served until his retirement in 2006.

In his retirement, he was Of Counsel to the law firm Stamm and Stamm.

Mr. Rossetti’s wife, the former Helen Pacini, predeceased him.

Survivors include three sons, Michael, Thomas and David; three daughters, Ann Marie, Barbara Thompson and Renee Prisaznuk; a brother, Victor; and 10 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Gregory the Great Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.