Santi “Sonny” Russo, 86, of Charleroi, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 9th, 2023, at home.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, on March 11th, 1936. He was the son of late Cataldo and Anna (Parrilla) Russo. Moving to McKees Rocks as a Child and later to Charleroi.
Sonny married the love of his life, Donna Mae Turner, while still attending high school. They have been at each other’s side for nearly 69 years. Sonny joined the United States Army after graduating high school. He and Donna later moved to Florida and then soon after returning to Charleroi to take over the family business, Charleroi Sweeper Center. Sonny, and his brother Sal, and brother-in-law Bob, later went on to open the “Lower Level” restaurant in Charleroi.
Sonny served on the board of directors at the Mon Valley Country Club for many years and was one of the founding members of the “Original 8”.
Sonny was also a member of the Charleroi Sportsman Club. In early years, he was active in the Charleroi Elks and North Charleroi French Club. He had great times and made many friends playing in the Rotolo golf and bowling league. Some of his favorite activities were golfing in Myrtle Beach and boating on the Monongahela River.
Surviving to cherish Sonny’s memories; his loving wife Donna, his loving daughter Sonna of Arlington, VA., and grandson Thomas of Charleroi, and his brother Charles (Dolores) of Sun City AZ., and sister-in-law Barbara Russo, and numerous nieces and nephews who will miss Uncle Sonny dearly and the long list of good friends who will all have their own “funny Sonny story” to tell.
In addition to his parents, Sonny is preceded in death by his son Thomas, his sister and brother-in-law Mary Ann and Bob Michael, and his best friend and brother Salvatore Russo.
Friends and family will be received from 2:00 to 4:00pm and 6:00 to 8:00pm on Thursday, January 12th, 2023 at Hogan-Melenyzer Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 226 Fallowfield Ave., Charleroi, PA 15022. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00am at Saint Andrew the Apostle Parish, 624 Washington Ave., Charleroi, on Friday, January 13th, 2023. Interment will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery along with Military Honor's. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Washington Area Humane Society https://www.washingtonpashelter.org Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.hogan-melenyzer.com