RUSSO, Amedeo (Andy) March 7, 1929 – January 29, 2010
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Amedeo (Andy) Russo, son of the late Giovanni and Antonia Russo, after a short, courageous battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Armerinda Russo (nee Pucci), his seven children Bianca (Joe) Iafrancesco, Lucy (Rudy) Litz, Florinda (Israel) Salas, Rita (Kevin) Witzke, Frank (Valita) Russo, Erminia (Noel) Thorpe, and Tim (Carolyn) Russo; his 16 grandchildren Tracy, Ryan and Andrea Litz, Francesca and Rebeca Salas, Karli, Justine and Nicholas Witzke, Andrew, Tiana and Eric Russo, Emma and Peyton Thorpe and Sophie, Jacob and Noah Russo; and by his brother Gary (Ida) Russo. He was predeceased by his brothers Geniale and Orlando Russo and his sisters Carmela Pagliaro, Iolanda Filice, Maria-Cristina Russo, Erminia Russo and Amelia Guadagnoli. Amedeo immigrated to Canada in 1955 from the small village of Cleto, Cosenza in southern Italy. His working career included seven years with the CPR and 27 years with the local mill in Kelowna, formerly known as Fletcher Challenge. He was a founding member of the Kelowna Canadian Italian Club as he had a strong belief in the promotion of Italian culture. Upon his retirement, he enjoyed working at his vegetable stand on Casorso Road. Amedeo was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved gardening, his homemade wine, watching football, hockey, and playing games of checkers or briscola cards. Throughout his lifetime he faced each challenge with a positive, inspiring attitude. His spirit has touched all who knew him and his humour, strength and courage will be with us forever. Prayers will be recited on Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 7:00 pm followed by the Funeral Services on February 4, 2010 at 10:30 am. Both will be held at St. Charles Garnier Church, 3645 Benvoulin Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cancer Center for the Southern Interior, 399 Royal Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 5L3. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.