Mary (Russo) Storti, 95, of Gwinn and Cape Coral, FL went home to the Lord at 9:15 am on Sunday, June 16, 2019, at the Trillium House in Marquette where she resided for over three weeks. She was surrounded by loved ones at her side after a battle with cancer ended her life.
Mary came into this world on February 26, 1924 in Negaunee, Michigan to Carmello and Rosalie (Sgro) Russo, Sr. Her parents immigrated from Sicily, Italy in the early 1900’s for a better life for their children in the United States. Mary graduated from Negaunee St. Paul High School and joined the “Russo Brothers,” selling vegetables and fruit door to door to residents in the surrounding area, which eventually led to the establishment of Russo Brothers Grocery Store in Negaunee.
On August 7, 1948, Mary married Richard Storti and settled in Gwinn to work and raise their family. Mary, a devout Catholic, was a longtime member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and enjoyed the camaraderie with the ladies of the Altar Society and also the VFW Club Auxiliary. In Cape Coral, FL she was a member of St. Katherine’s Drexel Catholic Church and the Italian American Club where she enjoyed listening to singers from Italy along with eating tasty Italian food. Up until five weeks before her death, Mary loved to go out every night and listen to music and mingle with people during her winter stay in Florida.
Surviving are her son, Richard Storti (Gwinn and Cape Coral); daughter, Rita Svetly (Gwinn and Cape Coral), sister, Grace Korhonen (Negaunee, MI); many nieces and nephews; her two grand dogs, Oliver and Chico; and grand cat, Tiger. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard Storti in 2002; sisters, Carmelina and Santa Russo; and brothers: Antonio “Tony”, Peter, Francis “Buster”, Carmello and Calagero “Charlie” Russo.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Friday, June 21st at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Allen Mott officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends in the Baraga Room at St. Anthony’s from 9:30 am until the time of Mass at 11:00 am, and also at a luncheon in church fellowship hall. Following the luncheon, burial will take place in the Gwinn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be George and Tom Russo, Fran, John and Mike Korhonen and James Armatti. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed in Mary’s memory to St. Anthony’s Endowment Fund.
Condolences may be expressed online at koskeyfuneralhome.com.