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Micheline Russo

Micheline Russo, 78, of West Hartford, Conn., died Friday, Aug. 25, in Pueblo, Colo.

For 10 years she was the sole proprietor and chef of the Sea Shell Café in Old Saybrook, Conn. After retiring from the restaurant business she became a volunteer caretaker for the elderly, which became her most rewarding occupation.She was the recipient of the Presidential Award from former President George Bush for excellence in volunteer work with the elderly and received the Senior of the Year Award from the state of Colorado for her dedication to seniors where she lived for three years.

She is survived by her three daughters, Catherine R. Oppenheimer and her husband Dan, of Old Snowmass; Francesca Fender and her husband William O., of Laveta, Colo.; Gena Rose, of Old Saybrook, and her companion Tim Bonanno, of Waterford, Conn.; one brother, Michael J. Russo and his wife Ina J. of Dunedin, Fla.; her beloved grandchildren Lauren G. Vagneur, Joseph A. and Robert L. Oppenheimer, Joseph and Peter Bonanno, and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.She was preceded in death by her father and mother Anthony G. and Rose (Setaro) Russo, her brother Gennaro Russo, sister Agnes Bassilakis and nephew Steven Bassilakis.

The funeral will be Friday, Sept. 1, at 9:15 a.m. at the Molloy Funeral Home in West Hartford, Conn., with a mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, West Hartford. Burial will follow in Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. Calling hours are Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at http://www.molloyfuneralhome.com. There will be a local celebration of Micke’s life at Valley Pines Senior Center, 1400 E. Valley Road, in Basalt on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 11 a.m.

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