Rosario ‘Russ’ P. Martorana

Rosario “Russ” P. Martorana, 90, of Tiffin, passed away Sunday morning, April 15, 2018, at his home surrounded by family.

On Nov. 14, 1927, in Tiffin, he was born to Paul and Agata (Congelose) Martorana. He married Irene L. Hess May 24, 1952, and she preceded him in death in 2014.

Survivors include a daughter, Sue (Jeff) Berryman of Fremont; two sons, Paul (Bev) Martorana and Joe (Deb) Martorana, both of Tiffin; six grandchildren, Paul, Carissa, Eric, Michael, Nick and Mandy; eight great-grandchildren, Sophia, Cecelia, Rosaria, Lily, Zoey, Mason, Max and Charlee; two brothers, Mike (Marie) Martorana of Sicily, Italy, and Joe Martorana of New Jersey; three sisters, Marie Gaglino, Lena Rizzo and Santa (Tony) Buttitta, all of New Jersey; and his dog, Canoli.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother, Gino Martorana; sister, Catherine Camilleri; and an infant sister, Marie Martorana.

Russ was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and attended high school in Sicily. He was born in Tiffin and moved to Sicily as a child with his family to work the family farm. In 1947, he moved back to Tiffin and worked at area factories, retiring in 1987 from National Machinery after several years. He enjoyed traveling the United States in his RV, casino trips, gardening, tending his greenhouse, fishing, playing cards, Wednesday night poker at the Knights of Columbus, where he was a member, and watching westerns.

A Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Church. Burial will be private at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery. A rosary will be prayed 20 minutes prior to the Mass.

Friends may visit and share stories 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church or Bridge Hospice.

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