Joseph Charles Russello

RUSSELLO, Joseph Charles PE, AIA, 85, of Springhill, died on Dec. 10, 2012. Joe was predeceased by his parents and his wife. He was born Jan. 23, 1927 in Brooklyn, NY to parents Charles William and Frances Lucille. Joe was the oldest of three brothers: Charles and Frank. Joe graduated from Brooklyn Tech in New York. He was one of three students accepted to attend Brooklyn Tech Architectural Engineering High School based on merit. In 1951, he graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Architectural Engineering. Upon graduation, he moved to Florida and started his distinguished career at Reynolds Smith and Hill. Soon after, he hung out his own shingle as JC Russello and Associates. His career included numerous awards and accolades for innovations in structural engineering. He proudly continued his practice throughout his adult life, up to and including the day he passed. Joe met Thelma Arline Berg, his wife of 49 years, in Tampa, and married on Aug. 11, 1956. They had four children: Frances, Joseph, Jr., Thomas, and Robert. Frances married Christopher Rogal, of Chicago and have 2 children, Kristina Francesca and Michael Joseph. Joseph, Jr. married Teresa Wilson, of Tampa and have three children: Amy Elizabeth, Samantha Danielle, Joseph Colt. Thomas married Stacey Dettmer of Connecticut and have four children: Miles Austin, Christian Yates, Haley Chase, and Thomas Gage. Robert married Patricia Purdy of Tampa and have two children: Cassandra Lee and Josie Marie. Joe was a very good man who was loved by many. He taught his family many things, including the love of the water, boats, and especially fishing. His loss is devastating and he will never be forgotten. A funeral service will be held on Friday, Dec. 14 at 3 pm at Blount & Curry FH, 6802 Silvermill Dr., Tampa. The family will receive friends at a viewing from 1 pm until service time. Entombment will be on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 1 pm at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Tampa. Please sign the online guestbook at

Funeral Home

Blount and Curry Funeral Home Oldsmar West Hillsborough Chapel
6802 SILVERMILL DR Tampa, FL 33635
(813) 814-4444

Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Dec. 13, 2012