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Rose Farrell Russo

Rose Farrell Russo, 77, of Avoca, completed her life journey on Friday, March 6, 2020 at Hospice of The Sacred Heart, Scranton. She was born in Newark, NJ on January 21, 1943 and was the daughter of the late John and Dorothy (Jopling) Farrell.

Rose was a graduate of Avoca High School, Class of 1961. She was a graduate of Luzerne County Community College and Wilkes-Barre Vo-Tech School of Nursing. Rose worked several jobs related to service. Her first job was in an orphanage. She also worked at the Food Fair Grocery Store in NJ, Laura Fashions in Avoca, the Skyliner Diner, the Mayfair Supper Club, and Foxhill Country Club. Rosie retired as a LPN Nurse from Moses Taylor Hospital with over 32 years of employment.


Rose was an incredible woman who chose to answer the call of her vocation: nursing. Nursing was her passion and those fortunate enough to be under the strong and protective wisdom of her care knew it. She was known as a “guardian angel” to so many in her community. She never failed to be there for those who needed her. She was a source of comfort and a pillar of strength when necessary. Her infectious laugh, good stories, and friendly smile were also sources of her healing. She will be greatly missed by family and friends. She will rest in eternal peace for a well-lived life of love and service.


In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brothers, John Farrell, Jr. and Thomas Farrell and her sister Sharon Farrell.


She is survived by her son Brian and his wife Janet (Altieri) Russo, of Avoca; her grandchildren, Bryan Russo and girlfriend Sarah Driscoll, of Philadelphia and Christopher Russo, of Avoca; her sisters, Susan LaBruno, of Honesdale, Kathleen DeFazio, of Moscow; brothers, Michael Farrell, of Avoca and Patrick and his wife Linda Farrell, of Moosic; and several nieces and nephews.


Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 11 at 10:30am from Kiesinger Funeral Services, Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea with a mass of Christian burial at 11:00am at Queen of The Apostles Parish Church, 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca with Fr. Phillip Sladicka and Monsignor John J. Sempa Officiating. Friends may call on Tuesday evening, March 10 from 5-8pm. Interment will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Care and Concern Clinic, 37 William St., Pittston, PA 18640 or to Queen of The Apostles Parish Hall, 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca, PA 18641


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