Thelma Russo

Thelma Rosa Russo

1932 - 2021

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Obituary of Thelma Rosa Russo

Thelma Rosa Russo, 88 passed away on April 1, 2021 at her home in Rohnert Park, CA. Prior to her relocation to Rohnert Park, CA, Thelma lived in San Francisco, CA for over 65 years. Thelma was born in Managua, Nicaragua on April 21, 1932 to Rosa Portocarrero and Julio Mayorga. In 1955, desiring a better life, she immigrated to San Francisco, CA. She worked for several employers including AT&T, formerly Pacific Telephone & Telegraph and Employee Benefits Administrative Services providing administrative services to management. Thelma joined the old St. Mary’s Church adult club where she met the love of her life, Ted Russo. They married on October 12, 1963 and were happily married for over 57 years. They were blessed with 3 children; Rosanna Marie Hayden, Thelma Isabel Kirkwood, and Theodore Julio Russo and 7 grandchildren; Brian Nicholas Medernach, Zachary Harry Medernach, Spencer Tyler Kirkwood, Nina Theresa Medernach, Theodore Anthony Russo, Matthew Aiden Russo, and Samantha Marie Russo. Thelma’s upbringing gave her a strong devotion to the Catholic Church and thus she was heavily involved in St. Anne of the Sunset’s church group leadership and fund raising activities. For many years she helped to raise funds and coordinate missionary activities for El Hogar de Los Ninos, a nonprofit providing Nicaraguan orphan and impoverished children with food, housing and supplies towards their long-term education, health and safety. Thelma truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures; telling stories of days gone by to family as well as existing and newfound friends, savoring delicious sweet treats, going on picnics with her husband Ted, reading mystery books and watching crime solving TV shows, and secretly telling each of her grandchildren that they were her favorite. Thelma is survived by her husband, children, grandchildren and her siblings Maria del Socorro Bermudez, Gladys Mayorga, Norma Alvarado, and Julio Cesar Mayorga and is preceded in death by her sister, Gloria Brown and parents Rosa Portocarrero and Julio Mayorga. Her visitation, rosary and memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 21st from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at Eggen & Lance Chapel located at 1540 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa, CA. The service will be live streamed on Facebook. To access the live stream go to menu button, then click Chapel Live Stream at time of the service. Family, friends, and others whose lives Thelma touched are invited to her funeral services at 11:00 AM Thursday, April 22nd at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church located at 4595 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA. A funeral procession will follow to Calvary Catholic Cemetery located at 2930 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, CA where she will be laid to rest. Donations to El Hogar De Los Ninos, Thelma’s favorite charity are being accepted as an option in lieu of flowers. Donations can be mailed to P.O. BOX 1445, Novato, CA 94948.
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Wednesday
21
April

Visitation and Rosary

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Eggen & Lance Chapel - Santa Rosa
1540 Mendocino Ave
Santa Rosa, California, United States
(707) 545-3747
Please wear mask and social distance. Max capacity is 75 people.
Thursday
22
April

Funeral Mass

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday, April 22, 2021
St. Elizabeth Seton
4595 Snyder Lane
Rohnert Park, California, United States
Thursday
22
April

Calvary Catholic Cemetery

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Calvary Catholic Cemetery
2930 Bennett Valley Rd
Santa Rosa, California, United States