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Josephine M. Russ

January 18, 2012
Westfield Republican
Josephine M. Russ, 83, of Panama passed away Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, while at home. Josephine was born on March 13, 1928, in Portage, Pa., daughter of Frank Sr. and Catherine Rose (Starchville) Zock and had 12 siblings. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Frank Jr., Chester and Leo Zock; sisters Blanche Zock and Agnes Tomasko; and her husband, Ed Russ of Panama. Surviving are her three sons, Gary of West Palm Beach, Fla., Richard of Panama, N.Y., and James of Columbus, Ohio and nine grandchildren, along with one great-grandchild and another on the way. Josephine is also survived by sisters Anna Zock of Clifton, N.J., Kathryn Mackoviak, Esther Sabala, Regina Gillin, Delores Rorabaugh and Stanley Zock all of Portage and Irene Lidwell, Ashville. Josephine loved to read, cook and take care of her family. Josephine traveled with her husband Ed and cooked for the Jamestown Old Timers’ Baseball Club for more than 25 years. A Memorial Mass was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Panama, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, the family will be accepting donations to be distributed to various local charities.


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