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February 24, 2014

Frances M. Russell

Frances M. Russell

ONEONTA — Frances M. Russell, 96, of Oneonta, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at the A.O. Fox Hospital Nursing Home.

She was born on Dec. 22, 1917, in New York City, the daughter of Joseph and Nora (DiMasi) Civita.

In 1948, Frances married Arthur Hoegger, and he predeceased her in 1962. In 1964, she married Fred Sandoli, and he predeceased her in 1989, and in 1992, she married John J. Russell, and he predeceased her in 1999.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Church; its Rosary Society, and the Italian American Club.

She is survived by her stepchildren, Gary Russell of Oriskany, Jeannine Russell of Hudson, Fla., Patricia Russell of Oneonta, Eileen Russell of Goodyear Lake and Elaine Massey of Newport Richey, Fla.; her grandchildren, Jonathan Russell, Stephen Russell, Allison Jacobson, Albie Fowler, and Darrell Scott; and several great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by a nephew, Joseph (Dorothy) Amatuccio; and a niece, Norine (Ernest) Feola; and several great-nieces, -nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in St. Mary’s Church with the Rev Scott VanDerveer, associate pastor, officiating.

Burial will be later in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Emmons.

Friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home.

Fran’s family wishes to thank the Hospice staff for the wonderful care extended to her in recent weeks, and wish that friends consider memorial contributions to Catskill Area Hospice, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting the website at

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.

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