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March 6, 2014
Gerald M. Russo, 78, of New Ringgold, passed away Thursday evening at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown.
Born in Bristol, R.I., Dec. 20, 1935, he was a son of Josephine Mary Cavallaro and the late Jerry Russo.
He was a 1953 graduate of Central Catholic High School, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Jerry served in the Navy from 1954 to 1958.
He attended Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., and graduated with a degree in business marketing.
Upon graduation, Jerry was employed by Eli Lilly as a pharmaceutical professional for 20 years. In 1983, he became the co-owner and operator of Russo's Pizza Den, Orwigsburg.
He was a member of St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, Schuylkill Haven, and a Hawk Mountain Sanctuary business partner.
He was the widower of Audrey A. Fairbanks Russo.
In addition to his mother, Josephine, Fort Wayne, Ind., he is survived by three sons, Scott F., Fort Wayne, Kevin O., Minersville, and Michael G., New Ringgold; a daughter, JoAnne L. Russo-Justus, wife of James W., New Ringgold; a sister, Anna M. Russo, Fort Wayne; a brother, Michael R., husband of Carole L. Russo, Wilmington, N.C.; Mary Lou, widow of brother, Joseph D. Russo, Holliston, Mass.; grandchildren, Zachary Miller, Maria and Michael Russo and Jordyn and Jillian Justus; nieces and nephews.
A visitation with family present will be held from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. with Monsignor Edward S. Zemanik officiating. A private family interment will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Central Pennsylvania Chapter, 717 Market St., No. 108, Lemoyne, PA 17043. Hamilton Funeral Home Inc., Orwigsburg, is honored to be serving the family.
Hamilton Funeral Home Inc
116 S Liberty St Orwigsburg, PA 17961
Published in Republican & Herald from Mar. 8 to Mar. 9, 2014