Rosalie V. Russo, 92, formerly of Rockport, passed away on Sunday, July 3, 2016. She was born in Chelsea on October 7, 1923, the daughter of the late William Raymond Russo and Vivien Irene (Gill) Russo. Rosalie attended Radcliffe for two years, and then transferred to Wheelock College for its early education program. She graduated from Wheelock College in 1945 with a Bachelor of Science in Education, and received a Master of Education degree from Boston University in 1960. She was a member of Pi Lambda Theta. After her father’s sudden death at the age of 40, Rosalie managed the accounting at the family’s business for five years. She taught third grade in Melrose from 1950 to 1952, and fourth grade in Brookline from 1952 until her retirement in 1980. During the summers of 1951 to 1965, she worked at Camp Kiwanee for Camp Fire Girls as director, business manager, and assistant director. She was an active member of the Christian Scientist Church in Gloucester, serving as treasurer and the First Reader (the person who conducts Sunday worship and Wednesday testimony meetings). She also was active in the Pigeon Cove Circle as treasurer, and the Rockport Garden Club. She loved to knit beautiful sweaters for everyone, especially adorable bunny sweaters for new babies. She played the piano and enjoyed going to the symphony, Tanglewood, and the North Shore Music Theater with her friends. Rosalie will be remembered by her friends and family as a loving, kind, fun, and thoughtful person who loved children and was devoted to her church.
She is survived by her sister, Jacqueline Russo Lynch of Tolland, Conn., four cousins, four nieces, one nephew, eight grandnieces and nephews, one great-grandnephew, and one great-grandniece. In addition to her parents, Rosalie was predeceased by her brothers, Anthony Thomas Russo, William Raymond Russo, Jr., and Robert Roy Russo. The family wishes to acknowledge Rosalie’s beloved caregiver and friend, Verna Bruce, whose loving devotion over the past six years has been a blessing.
Relatives and friends will gather in honor and remembrance of Rosalie’s life during visiting hours on Wednesday, July 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by her Graveside Service at Wyoming Cemetery, 205 Sylvan St., Melrose, at 1 p.m. Contributions may be made in her name to The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Treasurer, P.O. Box 239103, Boston, MA 02123-9103, or to a charity of one’s choice. For online tribute and condolences, please visit .