New Iberia - A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church in Coteau for Ernest Russo, Sr., 85, who passed away on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.
Entombment will follow in the church mausoleum with Military Honors by the U.S. Air Force.
Rev. Mark Miley will be the Celebrant and Rev. Brian Harrington will Con-Celebrate.
Visitation will be on Friday from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Pellerin Funeral Home and will continue on Saturday from 8:00 am until 9:15 am. A rosary will be prayed at 6:30 pm on Friday.
A longtime resident of New Iberia, Mr. Russo was born on September 11, 1936 to the late John Russo, Sr. and Santa Butera Russo. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and worked for Cameron Iron Works and Cooper Industries for many years. Mr. Russo was a member of the VFW, American Legion and Woodmen of the World. He enjoyed playing golf, cards, cooking, watching the New Orleans Saints, LSU Tigers and loved spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lucy Viator Russo of Coteau; son, Corky Russo (Holly) of Benton; daughter, Ellen Gary (Dr. Wayne Gary) of Youngsville; son-in-law, Fr. Mark Miley of Kaplan; brother, Jasper Russo (Yvonne); 14 grandchildren, Catherine M. (Mateen) Chishti, Alex Russo Miley (Tiffany), Victoria Frischhertz (Dr. Jason Frischhertz), Elise Dubroc Short (Will), Gabrielle Dubroc, Emily Golden (Daniel), Sydney Russo, Anna Claire Russo, Alec Andrade (Bailey), Keaton Andrade (Raelynn), Caroline Gary, Elizabeth Gary, William Gary and Olivia Gary; 12 great grandchildren, Sofina Chishti, Elyas Chishti, Zara Chishti, Miranda Miley, Roman Miley, Lincoln Miley, Jack Frischhertz, Griffin Golden, Ledger Golden, Abel Miley, Turner Bryan, and Eloise Frischhertz. April Byrom who he looked upon as a daughter and, Charlene Guillot he looked upon as a special sister-in-law.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by daughters, Renee' Russo Miley and Jacqueline Russo Dubroc; brothers, Leonard Russo, Joseph Russo, John Russo, Jr., and Anthony Russo; and a sister, Virginia Danna.
Pallbearers will be Dr. Wayne Gary, Mateen Chisthti, Alex Miley, Blake Byrom, Dr. Michael LaSalle, and Scott Russo.
Pellerin Funeral Home, 502 Jefferson Terrace Blvd., New Iberia, LA 70560, (337-365-3331) is in charge of arrangements.