Sarah M. Russo

Sarah M. "Sally" Russo, 78, Carbondale, died Sunday at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton. She was the wife of Frank J. Russo, who died Dec. 1, 1991.

Born Oct. 27, 1935, in Carbondale, daughter of the late Edward and Ruth Goodwin Eidinger, she was a 1955 graduate of Fell Twp. High School in Simpson, and had been employed at Waymart Knitwear before her retirement. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Carbondale, and a lifetime member of the Whites Crossing Volunteer Fire Company, where she served as a past firefighter, treasurer and auxiliary member. She also served as a former Democratic majority inspector.

She was a devoted reader and Penn State football fan. Her favorite football player was Tom Prawdzik. She was a loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother, who was devoted to her family. She was an extremely proud grandmother who never missed a T-ball, Little League, varsity and legion baseball game or football game that her grandchildren played.

The family gives special thanks to Dr. Sanchez, the ICU nurses and hospice staff at Geisinger CMC for the compassionate care shown to Sally during her brief illness.

She is survived by three children, Sandra Russo, Tony Russo and wife, Chris; and David Russo and wife, Sheila, all of Carbondale; grandchildren, Anthony Russo and fiancée, Kori Jenkins, Jermyn; Andrew Russo and Katie, Emily and Kyle Delmarter, all of Carbondale; two great-granddaughters, Skylar and Madelyn; a brother, Edward T. Eidinger and wife, Cecelia, Downey, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Lois Ann Lapka; and a brother, Robert Eidinger.

The funeral will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. from the Carmine J. & Louis C. Parise Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., Farview and 41st streets, Carbondale, with services at 11 in First Presbyterian Church, 76 Salem Ave., Carbondale, with the Rev. Wayne Wolfe officiating. Interment, Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Finch Hill.

Friends may call Wednesday from 5 to 9 p.m.

For directions, to send online condolences to the family or to view her online memorial scrapbook, visit

Funeral Home

Parise Funeral & Monument
89 Farview St. Carbondale, PA 18408
(570) 282-3640

Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 29, 2014