Anthony Russo Sr.

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YATESVILLE — Anthony Russo Sr., 81, passed into eternal rest on June 14, 2014.

Known by most simply as "Shorty," he was born and raised in Yatesville, a son of Dominick and Antoinette (Dunn) Russo.

Shorty was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. While in the service, he married the love of his life, Margaret Filippini, with whom he shared the next 60 years. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. Anyone who knew him was keenly aware that although you could not rely on the weather, you could always rely on Shorty. He always kept his word, and he was never late when he promised to do something for another.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed in the garment industry and Quad 3, and served as a Pennsylvania State Constable.

In addition to his parents, Anthony was preceded in death by his brother, Dominick, and his sister, Nadeline.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret; his sons, Attorney Richard A. Russo and his companion, Catherine Delaney, and Anthony Russo Jr. and his companion, Janet Smith. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Anthony Russo III, Attorney Richard A. Russo Jr., Michelle Russo and Nicole Russo. He is also survived by two great-grandsons, Kylan and Max, who brought so much joy and happiness to his life. Even during the latter part of his illness, the mere sight or sound of his great-grandsons brought a smile to his face when he played with the boys.

The Russo family wishes to thank Amy Guman of Celtic Hospice Care, Dr. Luigi Spagolini and Dr. Benedict Sales for the kind, caring and compassionate care that was provided to him during his recent illness.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Celtic Hospice or the .

Funeral services have been entrusted to Graziano Funeral Home Inc., Pittston Township.

Viewing hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Funeral services will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. All those who plan on attending should be at the funeral home no later than 8:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Marello Parish, William Street, Pittston, with the Rev. Joseph Sibilano O.S. J, officiating. Interment services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

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Published in Times Leader from June 15 to June 16, 2014
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