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Eleanore A. LaRussa, ran estate jewelry business

Aug. 19, 1931 – Dec. 21, 2014

Eleanore A. “Ellie” LaRussa, the longtime operator of an estate jewelry business, died Sunday at the McAuley Residence in the Town of Tonawanda after a long illness. She was 83.

Born in Buffalo, the former Eleanore A. Hamilton graduated from Bennett High School. She worked in the accounting department at the Central Terminal for many years and served in the Navy Reserves as a member of the WAVES.

She and her husband of 63 years, Donald J., raised their family in Tonawanda.

Mrs. LaRussa started an estate jewelry business known as Ellen’s Fine Jewelry. For more than 25 years she and her husband sold estate jewelry at the Super Flea Market on Walden Avenue. She enjoyed estate sales and appraising jewelry. Her advice was often sought in labeling rare and unusual pieces of jewelry.

She also was known for her extensive collection of Lenox figurines and porcelain dolls.

Mrs. LaRussa was an excellent cook and loved to entertain, bake and decorate.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Gary and Daniel; a brother, Robert Hamilton; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Wednesday at St. Casimir Catholic Church.

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