Russo, Grace

November 25th, 2010

Grace Marie (Horton) Russo, age 80, a long-time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, November 25, 2010, at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Wilmington, MA on December 22, 1929, Grace was the cherished daughter of the late Carroll and Theresa (Dulong) Horton. She was raised in Woburn and attended Woburn Schools.

Grace married Rudolph B. “Rudy” Russo on June 15, 1947, together they shared over 61 wonderful years of marriage prior to his passing in June of 2008. Grace and Rudy moved to Wilmington on Thanksgiving Day in 1955 and raised their children. Family was her number one priority.

Prior to retiring, Grace worked for T. J. Maxx in Wilmington for over 23, years.

In her spare time, Grace loved to read, work on crossword puzzles, and to play pinochle where her goal was to beat her husband and brother-in-law Rico.

Grace will be fondly remembered for her kind and caring nature, devotion to family and friends, her endless amount of energy, and for her spunkiness. She was definitely one of a kind and will be missed by all.

Grace was the beloved wife of the late Rudolph B. “Rudy” Russo, devoted mother of James P. Russo of Methuen, Michael L. Russo & his wife Theresa of Wilmington, Carol A. Baldwin of Greenfield, NH, Richard Russo & his wife Marlene of Dracut, Gary Russo of California, and Tracy A. Knickle & her husband Mark of Billerica, loving “Nana” of Michelle, Eric, Danielle, Sheena, Tyler, Amanda, Alicia, Rebecca, Stephanie, Jake, Justin & Brendan, cherished “Gigi” to great-grandchildren Isabella , Benjamin, Cole Rudy, Rosalie, and Julian,dear daughter of the late Carroll & Theresa DuLong, sister of Dorothy Phelan of Groton, Rita Conlon & her husband Buddy of Woburn, Eddie Horton & his wife Rosa of California, the late Tech Sergeant Paul Horton, Elinor Cahill, and Robert Horton, mother-in-law of Jennifer Piantedosi of Leominister and Harvey Baldwin of North Conway, NH, Grace is also survived by many nieces & nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Monday, November 29th at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Sunday, November 28th from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Grace’s memory may be to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


10 Entries in Guest Book for “Russo, Grace”

  1. Rosemary Sullivan says:

    Dear Richie and Family:
    Sorry to hear the passing of your mother. Always remember what a wonderful person she was. You have so many wonderful memories to keep close to your heart. Our prayers are with you and your family at such a sad time. love rose

  2. Jenn Piantedosi says:

    Gracie~ words are not enough for the kindness you have shown me for over 30 years. You are with Rudy now where you belong. You have left a void in our family that can not be filled, Memories are cherished….
    I Love You.

  3. Lucille and Al says:

    Grace was a wonderful person. We are so glad she was our neighbor and very good friend. We will miss her. Now she will be with Rudy. She missed him so much.

    Lucille and Al

  4. Loretta Jean DuLong says:

    Gracie will be sadly missed and never forgotten. She was one of the strongest woman I know, both mentally and physically. She had the ability to get to the root of a problem and resolve it head on.

  5. The Mangano's says:

    We are terribly sorry to hear about your loss. Our deepest sympathy goes out to your family.

  6. Pauline Lane says:

    Aww, Gracie! I am going to miss you so very much. Your bubbly personality & your eagerness to help anytime, anyway you could will always be remembered by all of your co-workers from the “old TJ’s.” Go In Peace!

  7. Tom and Regina Fitzpatrick says:

    Tracey, Mark, Brendan and Justin -

    We were very saddened to learn of your mother/grandmother’s passing. We hope the great memories, and the love and support of family and friends who have “been there” will comfort you during this difficult time. She seemed like such a positive person and we will remember her enthusiastic cheering during soccer games. Our sincere condolences,

    Tom, Regina, Kenny, Stephen and Taylor…

  8. Elaine Maninos says:

    All of us at The Lowell Five wish to extend our deepest sympathy and our prayers to Gracie’s family. It was always fun to see her come in the bank door. She would make sure she said hello to everyone and always came in with laughter in her voice. We had the privilege of knowing her for many years and she will be sadly missed.

  9. Priscilla (Martell) Anderson says:

    I am terribly sorry to hear about your loss. My deepest sympathy goes out to you, Carol, and your family.

    I remember both your parents fondly as a special part of my childhood.

    Thoughts and prayers to you all.

    Priscilla (Martell) Anderson

  10. Damian Malerba says:

    I was just thinking of Grace recently because I saw a woman walking towards her house on the hill that looked just like her & come to find out she has passed. It’s very sad. I got to know Grace through working with her at TJMaxx many years ago. She was always so cheerful & not to mention very wise. I miss her very much so. What a great strong woman she was. Denitely one of a kind for sure! I wish I could have paid my respects. My thoughts & prayers go out to her family & friends.

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