Pearl Madeline (DelBene) Russo

January 24, 1927 ~ December 10, 2019 (age 92)

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Pearl Madeline (Del Bene) Russo passed away on December 10, 2019. She was born to Fedele & Anna Del Bene on January 24, 1927 in the North End of Boston and graduated from Girls High School in 1945. 

She married John in 1962 and started their life together in California after their June 27th wedding.  In 1972 they moved to Villa Park and have lived their since.  Pearl’s home was her castle and she enjoyed nothing more than entertaining family and friends.  There was always a celebration or holiday to plan and baking to be done. 

Pearl enjoyed traveling back east and across the oceans to Australia, Japan and Europe to visit family and make new friends. Cruises to Mexico and Alaska kept her busy when she wasn’t enjoying a card game or a bit of time at the casino. 

While the past few years were filled with trips to the hospital and unbearable pain, she persevered and kept doing.  It wasn’t a good day unless she had accomplished something and that something was usually doing for others.

Pearl is survived by her husband John, Daughter Madeline (& Ronnie), Son John Jr. (& Sandra) and the 3 reasons she fought every day to live, her grandsons John, Joseph and Jacob.

The care by the nurses at St. Joseph's Hospital was filled with love and compassion and we would like to honor them.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Pearl Russo may be made to St. Joseph Hospital Foundation.

Make check payable to: St. Joseph Hospital Foundation

Write on the memo line - “IMO Pearl Russo”.

Send check to:

            St. Joseph Hospital Foundation

1100 West Stewart Drive

Orange, CA 92868


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December 27, 2019

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Shannon Family Mortuary
1005 E Chapman Ave
Orange, CA 92866

Vigil Service
December 27, 2019

6:00 PM
Shannon Family Mortuary
1005 E Chapman Ave
Orange, CA 92866

Funeral Mass
December 28, 2019

10:00 AM
St Norbert Catholic Church-Ministry Center
300 E. Taft Ave
Orange, CA 92865

Interment following funeral service
December 28, 2019

Holy Sepulcher Cemetery
7845 E. Santiago Canyon Rd.
Orange, CA 92869


St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation
1100 West Stewart Drive, Orange CA 92868
Tel: 1-714-633-9111

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