Barbara (Verrastro) Russo

Barbara (Verrastro) Russo

WATERTOWN — Barbara (Verrastro) Russo, 89, died Monday, January 4, 2021, peacefully at her home. She was the beloved widow of Joseph J. Russo, Jr.

Mrs. Russo was born on August 30, 1931, in Waterbury, daughter of the late Louis and Grace (Ciriello) Verrastro and sister of the late Thomas R. Verrastro. She was born and raised in Waterbury and was a graduate of Sacred Heart Elementary and High Schools and received her undergraduate degree from Willimantic State Teachers College, now Easter Connecticut State University. She was an adored educator and kindergarten teacher at South/Griffin School for the town of Watertown until her retirement.

Mrs. Russo was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church and a decades-long member of the Beta Sigma Phi service sorority. Barbara was an avid reader and movie enthusiast. She adored the ocean and was a masterful chef who believed in creating beautiful memories while spending time with her family and friends.

Barbara was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend who will be greatly missed.

Mrs. Russo leaves a son, Cole Russo of Montclair, N.J.; three daughters, Janice McSpiritt and her husband, Charles, of Mill River, Mass., Caryl Cutts of New London, N.H., and Alison Russo of New York. N,Y., and seven grandchildren, Katherine, Gillian, Zachary, Joseph, Matthew, Phillip and Andrea.

There will be no calling hours, per her request. As a teacher, she believed in science and love and requested we not do anything that would risk spreading the virus that has kept so many of us apart.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 9, at St. John the Evangelist Church, 574 Main St. Friends and family are asked to meet directly at the church and to observe Covid protocols of masks and social distancing. Burial will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Platt Road.

The Hickcox Funeral Home, 195 Main St., Watertown, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, Tenn. 38105.

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