Michelina Russo Obituary-by John Russo and Elizabeth Kienle (loving children)
This is written in loving memory of Michelina Russo who passed away at approximately 8:12 PM, Wednesday, November 27, 2019 with her family surrounding her. She was a fifty year resident of Chappaqua, NY and was born on October 26, 1926 in Candidoni, Italy. She was an awesome and devoted Wife, Mother, and Grandmother (Nonna) who was fiercely loyal and passionate about her family.
She studied to be a teacher at a University in Florence, Italy during the 1940s in spite of the war, and after earning her teaching degree came to NY with her brother as a twenty- two year old. There, she quickly adapted to life in New York City, trained herself to know English better than most people that were born and raised in the United States and then moved on to get married in 1963.
She was married to her beloved husband Dominick Russo, a Mathematician with IBM who passed away in August 2008. They went on to have two children who are twins, John Russo, and Elizabeth Kienle. During the course of her time here she additionally went on to becoming a teacher in the U.S. She taught in a few schools here including Manhattanville College, ran an Italian enrichment program in many schools, and worked passionately to promote the Italian language and culture. She most notably however, directed and led an Italian Program for children at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, NY for over thirty years. The classes were sponsored by IACE, an Italian American organization dedicated to teaching the Italian language and culture. Over the course of those years she attracted many students to the college, was held in high regard by many of the Professors at the college who were affiliated with the program, and won a lot of accolades there as she was adored by her students, teachers and parents.
Michelina was also very religious and an active parishioner of St. John and St. Mary's Church in Chappaqua where she taught Religious Education for many years, and also sang in the church choir for over twenty years. Her daughter , Elizabeth sang with her as well for many of those years.
She will be tremendously missed by her two children, John Russo, a National Sales Manager and Elizabeth Kienle, who earned a graduate degree in teaching as well. She also leaves their beloved spouses, as well as her four grandchildren, one from John and three from Elizabeth, whom she absolutely adored and loved and will sorely miss her as well. Michelina is also survived by a brother who is very dear to her and will greatly miss her as well.
The wake will be at Beecher Flooks Funeral Home in Pleasantville, NY Saturday, December 7th, 2019 from 8:30AM to 9:30AM followed by a Funeral Mass at St. John and St. Mary's Church in Chappaqua (Little Church), NY. The burial will be directly after at approximately 11:15AM at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla, NY.