Grace O. Russo
Died: May 12, 2019
 Grace Odilia Sparta Russo, the only child of the late Santo Joseph Sparta and the late Amelia Mildred Fatta Sparta passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at Heath Village Healthcare Unit in Hackettstown, NJ with her loving daughter, Stephanie and devoted son-in-law Doug by her side.

She was 86 years old, born on August 16, 1932 in Phillipsburg, NJ.  Her husband was the late Salvatore Paul Russo (Died 04/04/00).  They were married nearly 46 years and High School sweethearts.

Grace was a 1950 Graduate of St. Phillip & St. James Parochial High School, Phillipsburg, New Jersey.  She worked for 4 years for the former Dixie Cup Company in Easton, Pennsylvania as a Steno Secretary in the Research and Development Department.  Following this position, she was a homemaker.

Grace loved playing the piano, doing crossword and word search puzzles and watching cooking shows.  Grace was a member of Church of the Assumption in Hackettstown, NJ as well as the Altar Rosary Society.  Everyone that knew her remembers her warm heart.  She would do anything for her family and friends and was blessed to spend her last 2 1/2 years with her Daughter and Family living with her.

She has three children.  Stephen and his wife Davina of Camden, NJ, George and his wife Janet of Martins Creek, PA and Stephanie Stepanchuk and her husband Doug who resided with her in Hackettstown, NJ.  Stephanie was her caregiver for the last year and a half.  Grace is also survived by 5 grandchildren, George and his wife Caitlin of Martins Creek, PA, Nicholas of Bangor, PA, Jonathan of Bangor, PA, Geena of Martins Creek, PA and Isabella Grace Stepanchuk who resided with her in Hackettstown, NJ.  Grace lost her beloved grandson, Michael James Russo in September 2007 at the age of 19. Her great grandchildren are Brett Salvatore Russo of Martins Creek, PA, Jamie Ana Russo of Martins Creek, PA and Dominic Michael Russo of Bangor, PA.

Visitation hours will be Wednesday, May 15 from 4:00-8:00 P.M. at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Mary on Thursday, May 16 at 11:00 AM, 302 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.  Interment will follow at Pequest Union Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Great Meadows, NJ.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family c/o the funeral home in memory of Grace.


Dr Bart and Kathy Kaufman
May 19th, 2019 12:02 pm
Our sincerest sympathy in the loss your mom. She was truly a wonderful woman, wife, grandmother and friend. Heaven surely has a beautiful addition. Sal and grace together again
Paul & Angela Baumiller
May 15th, 2019 7:37 am
Russo Family, We were saddened to hear of Mrs. Russo's passing. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Much love, Paul and Angela Baumiller
John and Ruth Ann Pyontek
May 14th, 2019 5:46 pm
Rest in peace Mrs. Russo. John said you were were one of his favorite customers. You will be missed by many.
David Bryk & Family
May 14th, 2019 4:24 pm
Dear Stephen, George, Stephanie and family, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Your dear Mother, Your Mother so wonderful, kind and loving to all. I can remember Your Mother way back to St .Mary school and her little red car that she drove. Treasure all of those happy memories and continue to keep them alive forever. We are all a part of our parents so they always will be with us. We are unable to attend the service but know we will keep Your family in our thoughts and prayers. We will keep You all in prayer so that You all will have peace at this most difficult time. Sincerely, David Bryk & Family
, Dr. Jeff, Darlene, Maryann
May 14th, 2019 10:14 am
Stephanie, we are so sorry for your loss. We have missed her smile and her laugh, she just loved your little girl to pieces! Love and prayers
Lori Biancone
May 13th, 2019 8:41 pm
Stephanie I am so sorry for your loss. It hits very close to home for me as well. My prayers and condolences to you and your family.
Teddie and Charlie Czarnecki
May 13th, 2019 7:45 pm
Steph and George and family, I am so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. I didn't know she was so ill. We live in Florida now and don't get news too often from Gail or Kim, but Kimmy did write to me today. I didn't know her well but I did know she was a very nice woman and I know the boys thought the world of her. Grace and your family will be in my prayers. Love, Teddie
Joy and Lester Snyder, Sr.
May 13th, 2019 5:23 pm
So sorry to learn of the passing of Grace. A longtime friend who always had a smile and was so very friendly to everyone. Our Sincere Sympathy to the entire family. Joy and Lester Snyder, Sr.
Cindy DeFosse
May 13th, 2019 3:57 pm
Stephanie I wish I were there to give you a big hug. Ron & I send our sincere condolences for the loss of your Mom. Our thoughts & prayers are with You & your Family. Love Always, Ron & Cindy DeFosse
Jo Forestiere and family
May 13th, 2019 3:04 pm
Dearest Stephanie and families, We are so sorry to hear about your dear mom. May she rest in peace. Your mom was an incredibly warm person, always with a smile on her face. We pray Our Blessed Mother and Jesus bring you comfort. Jo and Jim Forestiere and families
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