Remembering Florence Chiego Russo, Mother of Montclair Councilor-At-Large Robert Russo

Florence Chiego Russo, a long time Montclair resident and beloved mother of Councilor-At-Large Robert Russo, passed away Monday at an assisted living facility in West Orange. She was 100, and would have turned 101 next week.

Robert Russo sent a message to supporters and friends.

“She was very close to me, living in Montclair for last 25 years, Russo writes, adding that he will carry on with his campaign.

Montclair congratulated Florence Chiego Russo with a proclamationin March 2019 in advance of her 100th birthday:


Florence Chiego Russo was born on April 12, 1919 in the City of Newark where she and her husband, Rocco Russo raised their children — Robert, Richard, John and Anne Marie. She served with distinction within the General Instrument Company during World War II, was a valued employee of the United States Post Office and the Internal Revenue Service, and also assisted with her husband’s business, Robert Russo Beverages.

In the early 1990s she moved to Montclair where her son, Bob, went on to represent the Township of Montclair as First Ward Councilor, then later as Mayor, and then again as Councilor-At-Large.

An active member of the Montclair community, Mrs. Russo was an involved and faithful parishioner of St. Cassian’s Church, and gave generously of her time and energy as a member of the Women’s Club of Upper Montclair and St. Vincent’s Nursing Home Ladies Auxilliary.

Mrs. Russo’s life has spanned the administration of eighteen United States Presidents from 1919-2019.

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