Samuel A. Teolis, Supervisor | Carmella M. Teolis, Funeral Director

Mary Jane Russo, 94

Miss Mary Jane Russo, 94, formerly of Ellwood City passed away on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at the Bickford Assisted Living and Memory Care in Shelby Charter Twp., MI.

Mary Jane was born on July 20, 1925 in Altoona, Pa to the late Joseph and Jennie (Carmosino) Russo. She, along with her parents moved to Ellwood City in 1926. She had graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1944 and later from Geneva College. For 43 years she worked at Beneficial Consumer as an office manager retiring on December 31, 1987. While living in Ellwood City, Mary Jane was a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish, Rosary Makers Club, and the Ladies of Charity. In 2013 she moved to Ravenna, Ohio and again in 2018 to Sterling Heights, Michigan  to live with her sister Irene.

She is survived by her sister, Irene Yanniello of Sterling Heights, MI, her niece, Cynthia (Bruce) Wasikowski of Shelby Twp., MI, her nephews, Robert (Gail) Yanniello, Kenneth (Allison) Yanniello, her great nieces, Laura (Connor) Willcox, Sarah (Matthew) Roberts, and Maria Wasikowski, her great nephew, Mathew (Heather) Wasikowski, her great-great niece, Arriana, and her great-great nephew, Lucas.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 6-8 pm at the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home and Crematory Inc.. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday at 10:00 am at the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Mark Thomas officiating. Interment will be at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery.



  • Doreen Lonnett Palatka Posted August 15, 2019 3:37 am

    Irene, Cindy, Robert & Kenneth….My deepest sympathies to you all. Mary Jane and my Mom, Jennie, were always there for one another for so, so many years on Todd Avenue. I am sure they are once again neighbors, united in Heaven. Please know you are all so deeply in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Janice Boazzo Posted August 16, 2019 6:36 am

    MaryJane was a lifelong friend to the Fusco/Piccuta family . She grew up with my mother in Ellwood City . She was such a blessing to our family and a wonderful godmother . Her kind and generous spirit and and love for her family will be a part of my heart forever ! May her family find comfort knowing how much she was loved !

  • Loretta Cochran (Carmosino) Posted August 18, 2019 6:18 pm

    Mary Jane would write to my Grandma Elisabetta when she and my Dad moved to Colorado. When my Mom (Dolores) passed away and we buried her and my brother in Ellwood City, Mary Jane came to the small service we had for her and my brother. She invited us to her home and had a wonderful lunch for our family.

    She continued to write me every Christmas holiday to let me know how she was and what she was doing. I am going to miss hearing from her. God bless you, Mary Jane. Irene and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I am glad you had the opportunity to enjoy several years with her when she moved to be closer to your family.

  • Ron Lonnett Posted August 18, 2019 8:14 pm

    Irene, Robert, Cindy and Ken; So sorry to hear of Mary Jane’s passing. She will always be a part of my fondest memories of growing up on Todd Avenue. She was truly a wonderful neighbor and friend to all of us and especially to my mother.

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