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Charles P. Russo
January 21, 1927 ~ December 12, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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"Hark the Herald Angels Sing. . ." Charles "Charlie" Paul Russo, 96 of Jersey Shore, entered his heavenly home on Dec. 12, 2023.
He is reunited with his beloved wife, the former Violet Julia Campana whom he shared 69 loving years of marriage. Charlie’s family imagines Violet with a beam in her eyes declaring, "Here comes my Chuckie."
Born Jan. 21, 1927, Charlie was the son of the late John Charles Russo and the late Anna Elizabeth (Riviello) Russo, both of Avis. He graduated from Avis High School in 1945.
As a young man, he worked for Pennsylvania Central Railroad. Most of his life, he was employed by Piper Aircraft, Lock Haven. He retired from Rockwell International Industries, Columbus, Ohio, during the Reagan Project where he built B1 Bombers. He was later employed as part of the maintenance crew in JSSD and after retirement worked for Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, Inc. for 25 years.
Charlie was a passionate "sports nut" of the NY Yankees and Penn State Football and Wrestling. In his younger years, he was a third baseman for the Avis Baseball Team where he made cherished lifelong friends.
He was an avid hunter and fly fisherman, skilled in tying his own flies. He loved to walk the streams catching his limit and hunting rabbits with his Beagles. He took pride in teaching others how to do an Italian garden, learning from his grandfather and grandmother when he was a very young boy.
Everyone who met Charlie loved him for his fun-loving personality and his ability to tell stories about his life, both humorous and heart-felt. He spoke often about losing his father at age two. He continued his tales about the olden days entertaining his children and grandchildren for hours. They called him POP!
Never wavering from his deep faith, Charlie was a devout member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, active in the Men’s Holy Name Society. Charlie worked diligently with his wife Violet and other church members to organize many of the yearly spaghetti and sauerkraut dinners at St. Luke’s. He was a longtime member of the Sons of Italy in Lock Haven and the Jersey Shore Elks, Jersey Shore.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a baby sister Virginia Lee Russo; a baby brother, Anthony Russo; his baby granddaughter, Morgan Rae Russo; and his brother, Augustine Marano from Nunda, Ny.
Surviving are his daughter, Deborah Russo Coran (Dan), Jersey Shore, and son John Charles Russo (Jolie), Jersey Shore. He adored his grandchildren, Amber Heggenstaller (Charlie), Ashley Russo, Blair Russo, (Kory) and Gyasi Russo. Step-grandchildren Lydia DelRoso and Rachel Casper. Great grandchildren Teag and Gia and step-grandchildren, Kayli, Reese, Brayden, and Rocklyn. Charlie is also survived by three sisters, Delores Todd, Theresa Merkel and Sister Paula Marie.
Charlie will forever be remembered for his love, kindness and generosity to his enduring family and friends.
Friends and family are invited to a visitation and viewing on Sunday evening from 4 to 7 p.m., Dec. 17, 2023, at Welker funeral home Jersey Shore. A celebration of Charlie’s life will take place Mon. Dec. 18, 2023 at 11 a.m. at St. Luke’s Catholic Church Kendall Ave. Jersey Shore. Interment will follow at the Jersey Shore Cemetery where Charlie will be laid to rest beside his adoring wife Violet.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions in Charles Russo’s name be made to The Gatehouse, 1001 Grampian Blvd. Williamsport, PA 17701-1946.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, Jersey Shore.