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Phyllis  J. (Cullen) Russo

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“Love and miss you Gram. Every single day. Forever my sunshine. Danielle ”
1 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“Liz, Raymond, David and your families....we are deeply saddened by the untimely passing of Phyllis. She was so full of life and enjoyed every moment....Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Karen Chiasson - Waltham, MA

“I was so sad to read of Phyllis' passing. I worked with Phyllis for many years at Data Architects/Logica in Waltham. I have so many wonderful...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Tricia Sheehey - Burlington, MA

“Aunt Phyllis was such a kind and sweet woman. She made my daughter and I feel so welcome and loved when we stayed with her and Uncle Red. Everyday of...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Teresa Russo - Middletown, MD

“To the family members of Phyllis;God bless you all as you grieve. Phyllis was a lovely and generous person whom we considered part of the Feeley...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Joanne and Doug Pettengill - MA

“My deepest sympathies to you all, family and friends of Phyllis. May she Rest In Peace. ”
6 of 17 | Posted by: Pamela Lambert-Loring - Bolton, MA

“Phyllis was my aunt. She was married to my mother's brother. We are deeply saddened by her passing. Her love for her family was so deep.I will miss...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Donna Verducci - Burlington, MA

“May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always. ”
8 of 17 | Posted by: American Heart Association

“Liz I'm so sorry, your mom was an amazing woman,she will be missed. ”
9 of 17 | Posted by: Laurie Albanese - Friend

“Dear Liz, Ray and David,We are very sorry to hear of your mom passing. Remember all the memories and special times you got to enjoy with her. You...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Anna and Keith Meliones - Wayland, MA

“Dear Ray, Liz and DavidCannot tell you how sorry Jack and I are about your mother's passing. She was a beautiful lady and a good friend. We had a...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Jack & Janet Maguire - Waltham, MA

“Dick and I send our deepest sympathy to Elizabeth, Raymond, David and all the grandchildren. We go back many years with Phyllis and Red and have...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Carol Oliveri - Waltham, MA

“We are so deeply saddened to hear of Phyllis passing. She was always a bright light at any family gathering. I have so very many fond memories of...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Steve Carme and Lanise Jacoby - MA

“To the entire Russo/Fairweather families, my deepest and heartfelt condolences Phyllis was a gem and so very kind to my Mom. She will truly be...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Gail DellaCamera-Wessell - MA

“It deeply saddened me to hear about my cousin Phyllis' passing. Many of my childhood and adulthood memories include her. Phyllis will be missed by so...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Carrie Casey - Tyngsboro, MA

Irene, Susan, Phyllis, June, 1951 “Phyllis was in my life right from the start. My mother's best friend and cousin/sister was always there to take care of me and make us smile. We'll...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Susan DellaCamera - Rumney, NH

“I was lucky enough to have Phyllis (PJ Sr)my entire life. She was a cousin and lucky me my godmother. She was a caring,loving, funny person who's...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Pam Feeley - Milford, MA - Family

Mrs. Phyllis J. (Cullen) Russo, of Bolton, formerly of Waltham died unexpectedly on Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25, 2018 after being stricken ill at home. She was 82.

Phyllis was born February 11, 1936 in Cambridge the only child of the late James and Mary (Caramanica) Cullen. She was raised in Waltham and graduated from Waltham High School and later the Katherine Gibbs School. Her husband of 52 years, Raymond F. 'Red' Russo Sr. died March 2, 2010. A lifelong Waltham resident she moved to Bolton seven years ago.

She was her family's rock star and was adored by them. Phyllis looked forward to her vacations and weekends on Cape Cod with her daughter Liz and family. An avid reader she was known to finish four to five books a week.

She leaves her children, Raymond F. Russo, Jr. (Jamie) of Nashua, NH, Elizabeth J. Fairweather (Jim) of Maynard and David S. Russo of Charleston, WV; her grandchildren Justine Ferriter (Chris) and Jason Russo, Matthew (Alysha), Amanda and Danielle Fairweather and Nicholas Russo; her sister-in-law Mary Verducci of Burlington; nieces & nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Phyllis' life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Saturday, April 13th from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church, 311 River Street, Waltham where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Mount Feake Cemetery, Waltham.

Memorial donations may be made to American Heart Association, 300 5th Ave, Waltham, MA 02451.

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