The Life of Anna Russo



CANFIELD – Prayers will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 7, 2014, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman followed by a 10 a.m. funeral service at the Western Reserve United Methodist Church, 4580 Canfield Road, in Canfield, with the Rev. Russ Adams celebrating for Anna “Ann” Russo, 88, who passed away Thursday afternoon, April 3, 2014, at the Hospice House surrounded by her loving family.

Ann was born Aug. 20, 1925, in Niles, the daughter of Ignatz and Sadie (Raseta) Sikusha.

Ann worked briefly at Superior Industries, where she met her husband, Rocco “Rocky” Russo. After marrying Rocky on May 29, 1948, Ann became a stay at home mother to three boys and was a self-employed beautician. Ann had a passion for doing hair and worked as a beautician for 30 years.

Ann was one of the founders of the Firebells; the Wives of Youngstown Firefighters. They put on yearly parties for the firefighters and their families. They often met for lunch and even put together a cookbook of their own personal recipes. Ann enjoyed cooking so much that she was always delivering meals and treats to family and friends.

She was a member of the Western Reserve United Methodist Church, where she was an avid church goer and enjoyed working in their Helping Hand Cupboard every Tuesday.

Ann leaves behind a growing family, who love her dearly and will miss her deeply, her three sons, who made her so proud, Retired Battalion Chief Richard (Janet) Russo, Battalion Chief Ronald (Joann) Russo and Sheriff Deputy Robert (Debbie) Russo; eleven grandchildren, whom she absolutely adored, Rocky Russo, Margaret (Michael) DeNiro, Marie (Jared) Rupert, Melissa Russo, Patrick Russo, Anthony Russo, Jennifer (David) Everett, Jessica (Andrew) Amodio, Megan McHenry, Tristan (Kolt) Codner and Justine Ula.

Ann was also a very proud Grandma-Nana to seven great-grandchildren, Gavin and Logan Rupert, Gianna Russo, Dominic DeNiro, David and Michael Everett, and Mia Amodio.

Besides her parents, Ann was preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, former Youngstown Fire Chief, Rocky Russo, and three sisters, Elma, Ruby and Veronica.

Friends may call on Sunday, April 6, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave., in Boardman.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that material contributions be made to Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514 or to WRUMC, 4580 Canfield Road, Canfield, OH 44406.

Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at to view this tribute and send condolences to Ann’s family

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