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Josephine Russo

Josephine Rose Russo

September 28, 1920 - June 27, 2020
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Obituary

Josephine Rose Russo, 99, peacefully departed this life on June 27, 2020. Affectionately nicknamed “Jo,” “Jo Jo” and “Josie,” Jo was born on September 28, 1920 in Capo Milazzo on the island of Sicily to Vincenza and Angelo Russo. When Jo was six months old, she sailed to the United States with her parents and resided on Tennessee Street in Pine Bluff, Arkansas for her entire life until moving to Trinity Village in 2010.

Jo graduated from Pine Bluff High School and began her career as a clerk at the Jefferson County Courthouse. She continued her career as an administrative assistant at Dierks Paper Mill. Jo was a devout Catholic and an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church her entire life. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, the Altar Society, and a past member of the Pine Bluff Symphony Notables. A true servant, Jo volunteered countless hours at St. Joseph in varying roles. She served lunch at St. Joseph’s school, always on dollar pizza day and was known for giving extra slices, and faithfully helped with the annual spaghetti supper.

Jo cared deeply for her friends and family and truly made an impact on others. Jo always made those she loved feel special and important. Jo will be remembered for calling the radio station and asking the DJ to wish her friends a happy birthday, keeping a notebook of hundreds of names to contact annually for spaghetti supper tickets, always offering her family and friends pony beers, and, most importantly, being a faithful servant of God. Jo is predeceased by her parents and three infant siblings.

Jo is survived by several cousins and godchildren, including Lisa (Kim) Kosmitis and Mike (Robin) Watts and their families, and longtime caregiver and friend, Imogene Franklin.

Many thanks to Lisa Kosmitis who provided loving support and care to Jo. Though Jo suffered from Alzheimer’s for the last decade of her life, Lisa continued to regularly visit Trinity Village to talk, occasionally bring her a hot dog to enjoy, and ensure Jo knew she was loved and not alone.

The funeral mass will be Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 10:00am at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Joseph Marconi and Deacon Noel F. “Bud” Bryant officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. The rosary will be Monday, June 29, 2020 at 5:30pm at Robinson’s. Visitation will follow at 6:00pm. Masks and social distancing will be required at both the church and the funeral home per the Governor’s guidelines.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 412 West 6th Avenue, Pine Bluff, AR 71601.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, June 29, 2020 | 5:30pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Monday, June 29, 2020 5:30pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son
    Address
    807 Cherry Street
    PINE BLUFF, AR 71601
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    The Vigil Service will begin at 5:30 p.m. with visitation following at 6:00 p.m. Masks and Social Distancing will be Required.
  • Second Visitation

    Monday, June 29, 2020 | 6:00pm
    When
    Monday, June 29, 2020 6:00pm
    Location
    Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son
    Address
    807 Cherry Street
    PINE BLUFF, AR 71601
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    The Vigil Service will begin at 5:30 p.m. with visitation following at 6:00 p.m. Masks and Social Distancing will be Required.
  • Service

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Tuesday, June 30, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    St. Joseph Catholic Church
    Address
    412 West 6th Avenue
    PINE BLUFF, AR 71601
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Masks and Social Distancing will be Required.
  • Interment

    Location
    St. Joseph Cemetery
    Address
    1660 West Pullen Street
    Pine Bluff, AR 71601
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Daria Wineland

Posted at 09:23am
St. Joseph's has lost a beloved and special lady. May eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, especially her goddaughter, Stephanie King Frase.
LS

Linda Simpson

Posted at 02:03pm
A beautiful sweet lady!
JC

julie (failla) cracchiolo

Posted at 10:15am
May she rest in peace. I know she is happy to be with the Lord and her family.
TF

Theresa Failla

Posted at 10:13am
So sorry to hear that she is gone, but so grateful she is out of the clutches of that demon disease. May she rest in God's arms
HS

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Posted at 08:29am
Sent with love and remembrance, her cousins Steve, Tom, and Rick Foti.
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