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Francis J. "Frank" Russo

MANSFIELD: Francis J. "Frank" Russo, 83, of Mansfield, died July 1, 2014. He was born September 1, 1930 in Columbus and attended elementary and high school in Canton, Ohio. Serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, he was stationed in Japan. Upon his discharge, he attended Kent State University. Over the years, Mr. Russo worked for two finance companies and the Central Trust Bank and then moved to Mansfield in 1981 to work at Mansfield General Hospital (OhioHealth MedCentral). He retired in 1996. He has been involved in Serra Club as president and has served as Eucharistic minister. As a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, he also took Holy Communion to nursing home and assisted living residents, the hospital, and the home bound and has ushered and been a server at Mass and worked bingo. Among his community projects is the "Needy Family Program" which Frank created to provide 300 Richland County needy families with food and other necessities all year long but especially during the holidays. Mr. Russo also served on the Msgr. Dunn Foundation for Education, parish council, and Catholic Charities. He was the vice president of the Richland County Veterans Service Commission and has also been involved in the Health Board, Korean War Veterans Association, including burial detail, Commander of American Legion Post 16, Harmony House Board, Mansfield Cancer Foundation, Rose of Sharon events for scholarships, United Way, Rehab Center, Day Spring for Veterans, Area for the Aging, Knights of Columbus, Richland Newhope, and many Veteran's Day and Memorial Day parades.

Surviving are his wife Polly, whom he married September 24, 1966; daughter, Bibianne (Doug) Galuzny of Delaware; granddaughters, Clare Marie, Ana Therese, and Angelina Rose; brother-in-law, Stan Schulthies of Loveland, CO; sister-in-law, Dottie (Tom) Durant of Zanesville; four aunts; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Frank was preceded in death by his mother, Lucy Russo; five aunts; and two uncles.

Family and friends are invited to visit on Sunday, July 6, 2014 from 2-7 p.m. at the Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 100 S. Lexington Springmill Road, Ontario. A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Military honors will be presented by the Richland County Joint Veteran's Burial Detail at 9:15 a.m. Monday, July 7, 2014 at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 104 West First Street, Mansfield, OH 44902, conducted by Father Gregory Hite. A private burial will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter's Catholic Church, Korean War Veterans Association, or an organization of the donor's choice.

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Published in News Journal from Jul. 3 to Jul. 6, 2014.
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July 15, 2014

So sorry to learn of Frank's death. Your friends from St. Philips in Columbus.
Dave & Susie Engle
July 9, 2014
I met Frank at St. Peter's as a usher, He was a great man and a inspiration to everybody that knew him, Will truly be missed by all who knew him!
Mark McKee
July 9, 2014
RIP Mr. Russo! You will be missed dearly! Prayers going out to Mrs. Russo and family!
April Postel
July 9, 2014
We are so very sorry to hear of Frank's passing. He was such a special person. God truly took one of his angles home. We will miss him dearly. Your family is in our prayers.
Greg and Sarah Auchard
July 8, 2014
I have been away from Mansfield and St Peter's for several years and just learned of Frank's passing. He was one in a million, an angel to all who knew him. He will be sorely missed. I pray that God will bless you and beautiful memories will bring you peace during this difficult time.
Margaret Zolman
July 8, 2014
Bibianne and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Your Dad was a wonderful man and a great Santa. He will be missed.
Michelle Hinton
July 7, 2014
I just heard of Frank's passing today & would like to extend my sympathy to his wife Polly & Family. I first met Frank when I was The Activity Director at Conard House -He was our guest speaker at our Veteran's Day Parties. When I worked at Primrose, he continued to help me with the Veterans programs there. I started a Veteran's Group in which he was our guest speaker a few times & he also helped me obtain information about the Columbus Honor Flights. He spoke to our group the month before we flew to Washington, DC about his experiences with the program & what to expect. He often would bring magazines for our veterans & would join in our monthly group when he could. He always had a smile and always so very kind & helpful. He will be sadly missed!!
Barbara McPherson
July 7, 2014
I was so sorry to hear of Franks passing. He will be missed by many as he touched so many through his wonderful deeds.I know that he is in Gods loving arms right now and smiling down on all of us. We will miss you Frank but you will always be in our hearts....
Pat Burggraf & Jim Dillon
Pat Burggraf
July 7, 2014
Bibianne, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.I know how hard it is to lose such a great influence in your life and father. He will be missed by many.
Kathy Johnson
July 7, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Polly and Bibianne and the rest of your family during this most difficult time. Frank was the most kind and compassionate man we have ever known. He did so much for my parents and so many others. He will be sorely missed by many whose lives he touched.
Dan & Marilyn (Woodard) Bottorf
July 7, 2014
So sorry to hear of Frank's passing; he truly was a special person and always had a servant's heart! Proud grandpa too! I always enjoyed our chats at MedCentral and at Fitness Center. He will be truly missed by all who knew him! May God comfort you all at this difficult time.
Melinda Claypool
July 7, 2014
What an amazing man. I can't begin to tell how he has helped me and my family. Love and Prayers.
Shawn Prendergast
July 7, 2014
Kelly Champion
July 7, 2014
To someone i found to be a friend from the time we worked at MGH. till now God bless
Easther Mc Neil
July 6, 2014
My sincere condolences to the Russo family. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful patriot with the rest of us in the Mansfield Community. I loved Frank and will miss his warm reception whenever we crossed paths.
July 6, 2014
Frank was an angel on earth. He helped more people than anyone will ever know. Kind hearted, caring, loving, a devoted husband, father and grandfather. If you ever needed something, you called Frank, he would help get things done. Always a hug and a kiss, and on occasion he would sing to me. So many of us, his friends and extended family (because he made us feel like family) will miss him. But now he has dawned his Heavenly wings and is an Angel with our almighty Father. God Bless you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kathi Cutlip-Mills
July 6, 2014
Frank was an outstanding person that I was so glad to know. My prayer are with you I will always smile when I think of him . love patti patrick
Nick& Patti Patrick
July 6, 2014
We miss Frank already. I've never known a kinder, more caring, more patriotic man. Thank you, Polly, for sharing him with us all these years.
July 5, 2014
WOW! The love of God radiating from his smile...and the compassion that was shown to others....I wish I could have met him here on this's people like him whom God uses to give people hope for a brighter tomorrow. May God comfort you during your time of loss.
July 5, 2014
We never met a man who "Paid it Forward" more than Frank. Seen it many times over. When I heard of his passing, the first thing that came to my mind was "OMG he his probably singing a duet of New York, New York with a huge smile." Polly, God bless you and your family. Terry and Connie Carr
Connie Carr
July 5, 2014
I enjoyed working with Frank during the holidays. His love for helping those in need encouraged me and my family. He truly was the hands and feet of Jesus. Frank & Michelle Moritz
July 5, 2014
What a great person. I knew he was a winner the first time I met Frank. Polly I am with you in my prayers.
July 4, 2014
So sorry to hear of Frank's passing. He was one of the most genuine personsI have ever known. His love for Polly, Bibianne,grandchildren and family and all mankind shown on his face. God Bless you all in this time of loss..Heaven gained an angel...
kay Brubach Brandenburg
July 4, 2014
We met Frank through the MedCentral fitness center. He was a truly wonderful man and will be missed.
Dick & Sandy Richey
July 4, 2014
I met Frank about 34 years ago at Med Central,he was such a kind,loving man. The last time I saw him he remembered me and gave me a big hug. He will be greatly missed. Thoughts and Prayers to the family. Deb Simmering
July 4, 2014
Polly, I have so much to say, but this is not the place...I've known Frank since 1976 and my days at MGH, through St. Peters Church, The V.A. and the list goes on. I thank God for Frank and his friendship and will miss him dearly.
May the road rise to meet you. May the wind be always at your back.May the sun shine warm upon your face.May the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, May the Lord hold you in the palm of His hand.
Kathleen Carcione
July 4, 2014
So sad to hear about Frank's passing. What a great man he was .He was an inspiration to all veterans. May God keep him I his presence.
The Wendling Family.
July 4, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. He was such an inspiration to many and an example of a true hero. May God comfort you and may he RIP.
Kathleen Yockey
July 4, 2014
In the few short years I was privileged to know Frank, he was always a bright spot in my life. Thank you to the Russo family for sharing this selfless man with all who came into his life. He is missed beyond words.
Melissa Hall
July 4, 2014
Was so saddened to hear of Franks death, he was a good friend to the Scott family. Would visit Chuck every day and my husband John. He would always tell me if there was anything he could do call him. I still have his number in my phone. A dear wonderful man. GOD bless you Frank.
Janice Scott
July 4, 2014
Polly and Family: Please accept our heartfelt sympathy. May your memories be held close to your hearts. Frank was a very caring person and will be missed by many. God Bless, Frank and Janet Ardis
Frank Ardis
July 3, 2014
While working 12 hour weekend shifts, Frank would always offer me Communion along with the nursing home residents when he visited on Sundays.
What a thoughtful man of God!
My deepest sympathy to the family.
Janet Hrivnak Ret. RN.
July 3, 2014
What a wonderful Angel to be with the Lord. We will miss you terribly Frank but rejoice knowing your services will continue from Heaven. Our deepest sympathy to Polly and the rest of the family.
Kim Romoser
July 3, 2014
Our prayers are with you,Polly at this time.You have many years of memories
to help you through this difficult time.
Your deep faith will see you through.
John & Joanna Nunn
July 3, 2014
So very sorry to hear of your loss, Polly. God bless you at this difficult time and may your memories bring a smile to your heart.
Lori Cope
July 3, 2014
On this Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, we also cry out: "My Lord and my God." We extend our deepest sympathy and prayers to Polly and Bibianne and to the rest of the family at your time of great loss. Frank was a good man and will be sorely missed. Yet, we know by faith, that our loss is heaven's gain. All of you are in thought and prayer at Church of the Ascension in Johnstown.
Father Reichert
July 3, 2014
I was so blessed to have met Frank many years ago. I used to see him every time I was at work with my Mom at MedCentral. He would always come to see me and have lots of candy and gifts for me. He was the most compassionate, friendly, caring, and kind man I have ever known. He was like an extra Grandpa to me! He will truly be missed by anyone who came into contact with his beautiful smile and personality. Prayers to the Russo family.
Tiffany Dunlap
July 3, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He will be so very much missed. You can be proud of the many many people's lives he touched.
Colleen O'Leary
July 3, 2014
My heart goes out to Frank's family - He will be missed by all he served.
Tammy Puff
July 3, 2014
There Is only one way to describe Frank Russo a great man friend to all you will be missed. David Chester
David Chester
July 3, 2014
My thoughts and prayers to the Russo family. I have only known Frank for a few years - I only regret that I didn't have the privilege of knowing him much longer. Such a wonderful man that gave so much of himself to our community. Rest in peace my friend.
Bill Freytag
July 3, 2014
Polly, although we're all diminished by Frank's passing, his service to the community will live on forever. I know I can speak for my entire family when I say he'll be greatly missed.
Jack Pfeifer
July 3, 2014
Mr. Russo was a mentor to me after having to try and fill his shoes at MedCentral upon his retirement. He was not only my mentor but a valued friend. He was one of the most genuine, caring persons I ever met and I will miss him tremendously. He truly lived by the phrase "Love thy neighbor as thyself" and brought so much joy to those less fortunate.
Rick Fisher
July 3, 2014
Sorry to hear about Frank's passing. I will always remember him as a gentleman and patriot who loved his country. I will certainly remember him at the Mass I say this fourth of July. Please know that all of the Russo family are in my thoughts and prayers as well.
Fr. Chris Bazar
July 3, 2014
Polly, Frank was such a wonderful and giving man. He will be greatly missed. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.
Jim and Dawn Thornton
Dawn Thornton
July 3, 2014
I am deeply saddened by the news of Frank passing. I was blessed to have known and work with Frank at MedCentral Health System. I was a young bride and mother at the time, Frank took me under his wing and showed me the ropes. His compassion for people shone brightly upon him. He was one of the most loving, supporting, intelligent, compassionate human beings I have ever met. It truly was a gift from God that this man came into my life. His linen in heaven will be one of the whites robes based on his works on this earth. He talked often of his beautiful wife and daughter and his one wish in life was for Grandchildren, his wish was granted. All my love and support goes out to the family.
Kim Landin - Jones
July 3, 2014
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