Frances Russo

NEWARK, N.Y. – Frances Russo, 84, of Newark, N.Y., passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at the Newark-Wayne Community Hospital.

Frances was the oldest of seven children, born Aug. 28, 1928, to Angelo and Rose (Cassetta) Russo. In her early years she loved to sing and play with her younger siblings. At age 21 she went to live permanently at the New York State run Fingerlakes Developmental Disabilities Service Institution.

She attended school and day programs and in her later years enjoyed listening to country music, attending concerts and church, shopping for hats and eating at McDonalds.

Frannie had a special relationship with staff and residents of her group home at 108 Cobblestone Terrace in Newark.

Her very special staff friend, Linda, spent a lot of time with her on special outings which included going to visit family. Frannie’s sister, Dorothy appreciates Linda’s loving attention. As Frances aged, her health failed and she had to move to 101 Cobblestone Terrace for the last two years of her life.

Frances is survived by her brother, Stephen Russo of Ashburn, Va.; four sisters, Mary Steuer of San Antonio, Texas, Dorothy Kollmann of Escanaba, and Lucille and Theresa Russo, both of Rochester, N.Y.; nieces and nephews, Judy Trudell, Jackie Doll, Julie Eggebrecht, David Latimer, Daniel Lamberg, Karen Marcil, Mary Jo Sylva-Quezada, Terry Stahl and William Steuer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Salvatore Russo; a sister, Susan Russo; a nephew, John Lamberg; and three brothers-in-law, Joseph Steuer, John Lamberg and Lowell Kollmann.

Graveside services will take place in the spring and will be announced at a later date.

The family is being assisted by the Skradski Family Funeral Home of Escanaba. For additional information or to leave the family a message of condolence, go to