Irene J. Russo


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Tucson, Az - Irene Josephine Russo died Tuesday, May 21, 2019, on her 76th birthday, in the Casa De La Luz Hacienda in Tucson, Ariz.
Born in Lawrence on May 21, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Gasparino and Josephine (Nocera) Russo. She resided in Charlestown, Mass., prior to living in Tucson, Ariz. She was a graduate of Saint Mary's High School in Lawrence, class of 1961, the Lynn Hospital School of Nursing, and Salem State, earning B.S.N.
Irene had an extensive nursing career working as an operating nurse at the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, N.Y.C., and Massachusetts General Hospital, the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital as a dialysis nurse and Bay Ridge Hospital psychiatric head nurse crisis team.
She is survived by two sisters, Constance R Arcari of Magnolia, and Mary Jo Russo Ficocello of Beverly, married to her late husband Frank Ficocello. One niece, Julie Arcari Cook and her husband, Doug Cook of Magnolia; two nephews, Jay Arcari and his wife Laura of Gloucester and Jeffry Arcari and his wife, Holly of Manchester, Mass.; six great-nephews and -niece Olivia Cook and Ben Cook, Nicholas, Enzo, Gusparino and Oliver Arcari; and many cousins and dear friends.
Irene loved to ski, swim and hike. She enjoyed traveling with family and friends regardless of her ailments. A lover of animals, she was recognized as the cat lady in her neighborhood.

Her funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at Sacred Heart Church Manchester-by-the-Sea at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Burial in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the select the Matthew-Harty camper fund, or Friends of Beverly Animals, P.O. Box 3378, Beverly, MA 01915. Information, directions, condolences at
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Cheryl Nocera
Jul 18, 2019
Richard and I are extending our sympathy to the family. Irene was so nice and such a lot of fun, always interested in what a person had been up to. I remember one year she was visiting cousin Angela and Rich and I were invited over to visit with her. She said she had not been to Salisbury center for years. "Who wants to go with me?" she said. Her and I took off and played ski ball and many other games at Joe's playland and had so many laughs. We brought many little trinkets back from Joes for everyone with meat pie and pizza from Tipoli! It was such a fun afternoon.
Kate Crowley
Jul 17, 2019
Irene, you were so kind and compassionate with our patients on BR 2... we worked on the same weekend for so many years and no matter how difficult the day could be we always managed to take care of each other and laugh. Peace be with you!
Jerry Arcari
Jul 15, 2019
Peace be with you.