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Obituary Notice- Joseph “JoJo” C. Russo

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FORESTVILLE:  Joseph “JoJo” C. Russo, 45, of Hanover Road, Forestville, passed away at his residence after a long battle with cancer, Saturday, July 14th, with his devoted wife, Cindy, by his side.  He was born in Dunkirk, on August 14, 1966, the son of Rosemary (Scarlata) Russo, of Silver Creek and the late Anthony  F. Russo, Sr.

Joe was a graduate of Fredonia Central School, Class of 1985 and worked as a Bus Driver for Carrier Coach, Inc., Gowanda.  He was an active member of the Irving Volunteer Fire Department, until his illness took over. He was also a past member of the Silver Creek Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Squad.  Joe was once very active with Silver Creek Little League, where once again his love to help was exceeded.  He was an avid Yankee’s and NASCAR fan and enjoyed building models.  Joe’s teasing ways & sense of humor will be sadly missed by many friends, relatives, aunts, uncles & cousins.  He also enjoyed the company of his faithful companion “Sarge.”

Surviving besides his mother are his devoted wife Cynthia A. (DeJaiffe) Russo, of Forestville, whom he married February 16, 2001, in Silver Creek, by a daughter, Kristy Taft of Forestville, two sisters, Tammie Bund, of Silver Creek, Tonya Russo, of Irving, two brothers, James (JoEllen) Russo, of Silver Creek, Anthony “Tony” Russo, Jr., of Naples, FL and stepmother Jane Russo of Fredonia.  Joe loved children, and his many nieces, nephews, & great nieces & nephews will always remember Uncle JoJo and his teasing ways.  Besides his father he was predeceased by his Paternal Grandparents Joseph C. & Cruciana (Latona) Russo, Sr. and Maternal Grandparents Charles S. & Vivian (Stephens) Scarlata.

There will be no visitation observed.  Memorial Services will be held Wednesday morning, August 1, 2012, from the Silver Creek Firemen’s Club, Jackson Street, Silver Creek at 11 o’clock, with Rev. William Leslie officiating.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to


  • The Pawlaks
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 9:38 am

    It was truely sad to here of Joe’s passing, He will always be remembered for the kind heart, and gentle smiles he seemed to always have readily available. We pray that the sadness and empty void you feel today will soon be replaced with laughter and joy in the wonderful memories of Joe’s life.

  • Matthew Stinson
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Dear Russo Family,
    I used to see Joe and Cindy often when I used to work at Blockbuster. I always enjoyed seeing and talking with them.
    I know that someday you will see Joe In Heaven.

    Matthew Stinson

  • Walbesser-Miller Family
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 10:21 am

    We have fond memories of Joey growing up together in Fredonia. He will be missed.

  • Joyce Brau
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Please accept my sincere condolences in the loss of your stepson Joseph. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. From a former classmate and onetime close friend.

  • Joyce Calarco Brau
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Jane, I forgot to tell you my maiden name. Maybe now you will remember me.

  • Judy Gormly Thompson
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Dear Rose, Tammie, Tonya and families,

    The minute I saw Joey’s picture, I remembered a little boy running up and down Day Street when we were neighbors. I would have recognized him anywhere.
    Tim and I send our condolences for your heartbreaking loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers…
    Tim and Judy Thompson

  • eileen Jopek
    Posted July 18, 2012 at 7:57 am

    RIP, Joe we had some fun when we were young .May you rest in piece in the arms of our lord.My prayers go out to the family and all who morn the loss of a wonderful man. God bless

  • George Borrello
    Posted July 22, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Tammie, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for being my link to Joe in the past year. I have so many fond memories of all of us growing up together in Fredonia. My grandmother still had the 1985 prom picture of Joe and Lisa hanging up in her room at St. Columban’s until the day she passed away earlier this year. Every time I saw it, I thought of him and our days together in Fredonia. Joe was my friend and I will miss him.

  • Lynelle
    Posted July 23, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    My greatest condolences to you. I am sorry to hear of the passing of Joe. I had the privilege of caring for him through VNA when he was ill last year before his fall. He was a sweet man and VERY LUCKY to have you as his caregiver. You will be in my thoughts and prayers

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