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Russell J. "Russ" Sciandra

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Russell J. "Russ" Sciandra Obituary
HENDERSONVILLE-Russell J. "Russ" Sciandra, 91, of Hendersonville passed away peacefully Sunday morning, August 10, 2014 at his home. A native of Buffalo, NY, he was a son of the late Joseph and Lucy Vaccaro Sciandra.
Russ served as a member of the highly regarded and greatest air armada in history, the "Mighty Eighth" division of the United States Air Force during WWII. He and his wife, Reggie, moved to Henderson County in 2007 and became members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. Although he was a man of few words, his smiles were contagious. He loved his family very much; they meant the world to him.
Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Reggie Sciandra; daughters Barbara Jo Craig and husband Bob of Waynesville, Joanne Biddle and husband Bill of Horse Shoe, Mary Sciandra of Cocoa, FL, and Lucy Sciandra of Orlando, FL; son Russell Sciandra and wife, Jamie of Chippewa Falls, WI; grandchildren Mary Elizabeth Craig of Tucson, AZ, Benjamin Craig of Waynesville, and Nick Biddle and wife Kelsey of Perry, GA; brother, James Sciandra of Downingtown, PA; and sister Marie DiFranceso and husband Jack of North Tonawanda, NY.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 AM Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Brevard with Reverend Andrew Nowak officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Interment will be at a later date at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 150 Brian Berg Lane, Brevard, NC 28712 or to the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, PO Box 1992, Savannah, GA 31402.
To sign an online register book or send a condolence card, visit www.shulerfuneralhome.com.
Shuler Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Published in The Times-News on Aug. 13, 2014
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