A Mass of Christian Burial for John D. Russo, of Hamburg, was offered today in Precious Blood Catholic Church.
Mr. Russo died Saturday in Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. He was 77.
Born in Buffalo, he grew up in North Collins and attended schools there until moving to Buffalo, where he spent most of his life. He moved to Hamburg within the last six months.
He was a veteran of the Air Force, reaching the rank of airman second class. He was honorably discharged in 1954.
Mr. Russo worked at Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 36 years. He retired in 1982.
His wife, Jane Kasperzyk Russo, died in 1981.
In August 2004, Mr. Russo traveled with his son, daughter and members of the San Fele Association of Western New York to San Fele, Italy, the birthplace of his parents.
He is survived by a daughter, Linda Sheehan of Hamburg; a son, Thomas of West Seneca; and seven grandchildren.