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Carl F. Russo

February 28, 1916 June 28, 2018
Carl F. Russo
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Carl F. Russo, 102, passed way June 28, 2018. Dear brother of the late Della Russo-Greco, the late Jasper Russo, the late Anthony Russo. Fond uncle to J. Lewis Russo, the late Joseph Russo, Vedora Russo-Schoeder, Vera Pyle. Great uncle, great-great uncle, and great-great-great uncle to many.

Carl F. Russo, born Fortunato Russo on February 28, 1916 in the City of Partanna, Sicily, Italy ... where he would play with his brother on the grounds of a nearby castle. His father was a baker, came to the United States to earn more money, took ill, and died in Italy. Soon afterward, his mother moved Fortunato and his three siblings to the United States where her parents and two sisters already lived. They landed at Ellis Island and was told to change his first name to a more American-like name, so they chose Carl and he kept Fortunato as his middle name. His mother went to work as a seamstress to support her family. Carl was the only one of his siblings to go to high school ... he graduated from Crane Technical in Chicago.

Carl became a U.S. Citizen on February 24, 1939. On January 22, 1941, he joined the Army Air Core (now known as the Air Force) where he served as an aircraft mechanic instructor. After his military service ended on November 17, 1945, he worked various jobs and ended up working for the U.S. Post Office in downtown Chicago. In 1972, after 16 years of service, he broke his back lifting an over-filled mail bin. He remained on compensation until his death at age 102, June 28, 2018.

Carl loved to swim, go for long walks, and read ... however, the last 10 years of his life he was declared legally blind, so books on tape took the place of his reading. He also listened to the radio, especially political stations ... he loved to give you a good political argument. His hobby was Hi-Fi (High Fidelity). He thoroughly enjoyed listening to his large collection of classical records on his very large speakers and playing them on the turntable he made himself ... something he was very proud of. He belonged to a club of Hi-Fi-ers that met from time to time.


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Thursday

5

Jul

9:30 AM 7/5/2018 9:30:00 AM - 11:00 AM 7/5/2018 11:00:00 AM
Cumberland Chapels

8300 W. Lawrence Ave.
Norridge, IL 60706

Cumberland Chapels
8300 W. Lawrence Ave. Norridge 60706 IL
United States

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Thursday

5

Jul

11:00 AM 7/5/2018 11:00:00 AM
Cumberland Chapels

8300 W. Lawrence Ave.
Norridge, IL 60706

Cumberland Chapels
8300 W. Lawrence Ave. Norridge 60706 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Mt. Carmel Cemetery Final Resting Place

4921 Harrison St Hillside, IL, 60162

4921 Harrison St Hillside, IL, 60162
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