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We look forward to commemorating Tom’s incredible life and legacy on Sunday, September 3, at his favorite place on the Old Mission Peninsula. Please share your contact information if you would like to receive more information.

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Old Mission, MI


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Dr. Tomlin (Tom) Capps Rosi, 83, formerly of Grayling, died surrounded by his close family on Monday evening, June 5, 2023, at Brookdale Memory Care in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, an accomplished surgeon and man of many talents, he leaves behind a legacy of love, hard work, and dedication. 

Son of Barbara Shambaugh Rosi and Alcide Louis Rosi, Tom was born on April 6, 1940 in Chicago, the third of four children.  A graduate of Morgan Park Military Academy, Lawrence University, and Northwestern Medical School, Tom began his career as a field surgeon during the Vietnam War and went on to complete his surgical training at the Mayo Clinic and the University of Iowa. It was at Mayo Clinic that he met the love of his life, Marilyn, whom he married after a short engagement in 1971. They lived for three years in Iowa City before moving to Grayling, Michigan in 1974. Tom provided surgical and medical care for thirty years at Grayling Mercy Hospital and the Keyport Clinic. His commitment to his patients and the community knew no bounds, and his expertise brought comfort and relief to those in need. 

While his professional accomplishments were noteworthy, Tom's true joy in life came from his family. He was a loving and devoted husband to Marilyn, his wife of 52 years, and the proud father of Yolanda, Nathaniel, and Regina. He cherished every moment spent with his loved ones and was an enthusiastic audience member at hundreds of band concerts, recitals, school plays, and basketball and football games. He provided unwavering support, guidance, and boundless love to his children, instilling in them the values of hard work, perseverance, loyalty, and integrity.  

Beyond his professional and family life, Tom held a deep appreciation for the arts, travel, and nature. A lifelong learner, he started piano lessons in his late 40s, continuing for two decades,  was an avid reader and history buff, and could often be found trying to engage others in political debate. In his retirement, he taught himself to cook, and would prepare elaborate meals for Marilyn, often with the bounty from their vegetable garden. He took up oil painting, becoming a prolific artist whose paintings now adorn his family’s walls. He and Marilyn traveled the world, going to China, India, Africa, Europe, South America, and Antarctica.  Above all else, Tom loved to garden, rake, and work outside. He and Marilyn nurtured over 50 gardens during the course of their marriage. Anyone who passed their home on Dale Street or visited their cottage on the Old Mission Peninsula was treated to fragrant blossoms, lush greenery, and bountiful harvests. He spent nearly every summer of his life on West Grand Traverse Bay along a narrow woods road in Old Mission, a place he loved more than any other place on earth.

Tom's intellectual curiosity and zest for life were contagious. One of his best qualities was his ardent support for and admiration of those he loved–his wife, children, grandchildren, brothers, nieces and nephews, in-laws, and friends.  He spoke of his loved ones in superlatives, often exaggerating their talents and accomplishments. Those he loved were never just average; they were always the smartest, the strongest, the bravest and best. He loved to entertain and was singing and dancing until his final days. 

Tom is survived by his wife, Marilyn; his three children, Yolanda (Don) Helfrich, Nathaniel (Marianne) Rosi, and Regina (George) Mitchell; his five grandchildren, Lydia, Della, Abram, Charlie, and Jack; his brothers Philip (Joann) and Bob (Penny); his in-laws, and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and brother Peter.

His Life


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