Josephine Russo, a long-time resident of Bloomfield, NJ and formerly Brooklyn, NY, entered into eternal rest on Monday, October 5, 2020.
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Josephine (Josie), beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister, was predeceased by her loving husband Antonio (Tony). She was the devoted mother of Maria (Daniel), Patricia (Daniel), and Anthony (Lianne). Josephine was the cherished grandmother of Gregory, Diana, Xavier, and Anthony.
Born to Maria Stella and Pietro Sacco, Josephine was the youngest child of a large family with roots in Agrigento, Sicily. She is survived by her sister Beatrice and was predeceased by her siblings Millie, Carlo, Gaspare, Frances, Mary, Stella, Concetta and Lucy.
Josephine and Antonio met at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan despite living just blocks from each other in Canarsie, Brooklyn. She often recalled dancing to the big-band orchestras and Latin bands of her time. At Roseland she found her forever love, a World War II veteran with wavy hair, hazel eyes and the most gentle, pure heart - they were blessed with a marriage of more than 50 years.
Throughout her life, Josephine’s unwavering love of family guided her; she will be remembered for her tireless commitment to caring for family, as well as her exceptional kindness and compassion for others.
Intelligent, determined and resourceful, Josephine enjoyed an accomplished career that culminated with her position as Director of Personnel for the Division of Financial Operations at New York City’s Board of Education. Among her proudest achievements there was serving as a member of the Board’s Equal Employment Opportunity Committee.
After retiring, her sense of duty inspired her to volunteer at the Hackensack UMC-Mountainside Hospital and for St. Thomas the Apostle Church where she was a parishioner since 1994. She participated in the parish’s September Club for seniors serving in posts on the Executive Committee. She wrote the first historical account of the Club’s establishment and its early years. She was also a member of The Sassy Seniors of Holy Family Parish in Nutley.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Bloomfield, NJ on Thursday, October 8 at 9:30 am. Family and friends are invited to attend the service. (Interment will be private.)
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests remembrances in the form of contributions to the St. Thomas The Apostle Church Food Pantry or the National Italian American Foundation Scholarship Program in Josephine’s memory.