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October 4, 2013

Frank LaRussa

The Daily Star

---- — Frank LaRussa

OTEGO — Frank LaRussa, 90, of Otego, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.

Frank was born on Jan. 31, 1923, in Brooklyn, the son of the late Stefano and Vincengina (Lombardo) LaRussa.

He married Gilda Lanzarone on Nov. 28, 1948. She predeceased him on Feb. 3, 2012.

Frank graduated from Brooklyn College with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He worked as a salesman for Monroe Business Machines in Binghamton for 37 years.

He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, the Oneonta Elks BPOE 1312 and was a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus.

Frank is survived by his two children, Steven LaRussa and his wife, Daisy of Otego and Mary Jo Wyman and her husband, Roger of Oneonta; his four grandchildren, Ross and Garret Wyman of Oneonta, Mary LaRussa of Florida and Ashlie Blake of Unionville; his sisters, Rita Kwiatkowski, Rose Ecklund and Mary Schnell.

Besides his wife and parents, Frank was predeceased by his daughter, Joanne in 1966; and his brother, Salvatore LaRussa.

A funeral service will be held at noon Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta with the Rev. Scott VanDerveer, officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Emmons.

His family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at the funeral home.

Donations may be made in Frank’s memory to the Otego Fire Department, Otego, NY 13825.

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

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