Micke Russo died Aug. 25, in Pueblo, after a long illness.Micheline Russo was born April 25, 1928, in Hartford, Conn. She spent most of her life in the West Hartford area, raising her daughters, and she enjoyed being surrounded by a large family. Micke (Grandma Bubbles) came to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2002 to live with Francesca and Willie at the Fender family ranch in Emma. She soon became very involved in the lives of numerous valley seniors. She was very active at the Valley Pines Mid Valley Senior Center, where she served on the council and was an enthusiastic bingo player. She was generous in helping those who could no longer drive to get to church and doctor’s appointments. Micke received the senior of the year award and the Presidential Volunteer Award from President G.W. Bush. Deteriorating health led her to move to a warmer climate in 2005. She was visiting Francesca and Willie at their La Veta ranch when the cancer she had so valiantly fought forced her to go to a Pueblo hospital, where she died.Survivors include brother Michael Russo of Florida; daughters Catherine (Daniel J.) Oppenheimer of Snowmass, Francesca (William O.) Fender, now of La Veta, and Gena Rose (Tim Bonanno) of Waterford, Conn.; granddaughter Lauren Vagneur of Basalt; and grandsons Joseph and Robert Oppenheimer of Snowmass.She was preceded in death by sister Agnes Bassilakis and brother Gennaro Russo.A wake will be held from 4-8 p.m. Aug. 31, at Malloy’s Funeral Home in West Hartford, Conn. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hartford. Interment will be at the Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Hartford, next to her beloved parents and brother. Donations in memory of Micheline Russo can be made online at multiplemyeloma.org or by calling Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation at (203) 229-0464.
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