Patty Crossey-Ross, 55, passed away in hospice care at home on Jan. 5, 2012. Crossey-Ross, the wife of Rob Ross, president of Alert Systems, Colorado Springs, Colo., was best known as a teacher, enjoying a successful career in Colorado Springs District 11. She was awarded her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Colorado College in 1977, where she met Ross, also a Colorado College student, in 1975. The two were married soon after they graduated. She went on to earn her master’s degree in teaching at Colorado College in 1987. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts to Pikes Peak Hospice (pikespeakhospice.org).
Richard Truxal, 75, McCandless Township, Pa., formerly of Flint, Mich., died Dec. 16, 2011. Truxal was an ARA Insurance agent. He is survived by his wife, Susan, three children, three step-children, three grandchildren and a great-grandchild. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Family Hospice & Palliative Care, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15243.
Donald Williams, 74, died in December 2011. Williams served as president of what was then the Rental Association of Canada (RAC), which is now the Canadian Rental Association (CRA), from 1974 to 1976. He had been the owner/operator of A-Sun Rents, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He also was awarded the American Rental Association (ARA) Region 10 Person of the Year Award in 1976. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Carole, three sons and a daughter, as well as five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to a charity of choice or to Victoria School, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Joseph Pustizzi Sr.
Joseph Pustizzi Sr., 96, Buena Borough, N.J., died Dec. 13, 2011. “Joe Senior,” as he as known to many, founded the original Trico Equipment in 1952 with his wife, Angie. Pustizzi built and operated a gas station from which he began selling farm equipment. The business evolved into a Case Construction Equipment dealership, which was honored as the Top Perfomance Case Construction Equipment Dealer in North America in 1979. Pustizzi retired in 1986. Today, Pustizzi’s two sons lead separate companies that were rooted in their parents’ 1952 venture. Joseph Pustizzi Jr., serves as the president of Trico Equipment Services in Vineland, N.J., and Ken Pustizzi is the president of Trico Lift in nearby Millville, N.J. Donations in Pustizzi’s memory can be made to the Forest Grove Athletic Association,1101 Wheaton Avenue, Millville, NJ 08332 or The Sicilian American Club of South Jersey, 638 E. Landis Avenue, Vineland, NJ 08360.