Karen S. Russelo, age 61, of Columbus, formerly of Washington Court House, passed away Sunday, May 7, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. Retired from Huntington Bank and a Gold Star Mother, Karen was more than a friend, mother or wife. She was a shoulder to cry on, the life of the party, the one to be there in a pinch when anyone needed her. She loved her family, animals, kids, Harleys, cooking, camping and garage sales. Karen had tremendous empathy, was the rock and a strong force for those in her life. Survived by her husband, David Turner; daughter, Amy Pomante (Eddie Mejia); granddaughter, Audrey Mae Mejia; step-son, Christopher Turner; brother, William B. (Catherine) Russelo, Jr.; sister, Paula (Wayne) Entrekin; several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her son, V.J. Pomante; parents, William B. and Pauline Russelo, Sr.; and her brother, Jerry L. Russelo. Friends may call at the MORELAND FUNERAL HOME, 55 E. Schrock Road, Westerville, Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. where service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m., Fr. Tony Dinovo, presiding. Private interment, Blendon Central Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the V.J. Pomante III Memorial Scholarship Fund, payable to Columbus State Foundation, 550 E. Spring Street, Columbus, OH 43215 (note: V.J. Pomante III Memorial Scholarship Fund) or at csccfoundation.org (select designation: other – V.J. Pomante III Memorial Scholarship Fund).
Mary Frances Larsen - May 10, 2017
My deepest sympathy for your loss! Karen was such a sweet person. She will be truly missed. Wish I could be there, but I want you to know my thoughts and prayers are with you all!
Mary Ann Yoho-Smith - May 10, 2017
To Paula and Family — I remember Karen (as well as Mr. and Mrs. Russelo) fondly from being friends with Paula in high school. I did not know she lived in Columbus, as I live I Galloway. I am so very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you all.
Josephine Brown - May 9, 2017
My Condolences to the Russelo Family. I met Karen last year at the NCIL conference. We took pictures together on Capital Hill. I was really touched by her kind and compassionate heart for people and her love for Harley’s. Although we had just met for the first time, we connected by the passion we have for others. She had even extended an invitation for me to visit her and her husband David, which I never had the opportunity to do so because of my work schedule. She and I did email from time to time. She will be greatly missed.
Many prayers to the family for comfort at this time, God Bless!
Joseph Yannuzzi sr. - May 8, 2017
Dear Amy,Mrs.Yannuzzi and i wish to express our sympathy for the loss of your Mother.We will remember her,and you,in our prayers! God bless. Joseph and Gail YANNUZZI.SR.
Linda Beucler - May 8, 2017
Dave, Amy, and Family, I am heartbroken as I am sure you are. Karen was a great lady. I cherished the friendship that she and I immediately formed when she moved across the street from me. I remember her rushing over to help me unload my groceries one day from my car…….another time I looked out at my yard recycle containers and they were overflowing with these tall grasses and things (not exactly the way I put them out to the street). Karen finally ‘fessed up that she had added some stuff to my containers. Just makes me smile to think of it. We walked, talked, and laughed a lot, and were even known to pick up some “trash” on our neighborhood excursions……..usually under the cover of dark. We sat on her front steps one night, and watched a family of three skunks visit the little water dish I had for the “birds” hidden in with my front flower bed. Karen escorted me home that night. She made me a delicious meal when I was off my feet for something…..I tried to return the favors, but boy it was sure hard to keep up with her. Always there for a friend. Have missed Karen and Dave driving in & out with the Harleys for a few years now. Was always nice to see her show up on a Harley or her truck to visit the house from time to time after she moved. So glad I got to see her and hug her the end of March……she told me everything that was going on……said she was supposed to be on oxygen but was afraid it would blow up on her !!! I thought, good God Karen, that is the least of your issues. She was so excited for the birth of her first grandchild……I think she told me she was calling her Edna Mae maybe? and she laughed as she knew that was not the name you had picked out Amy…….said she was going to Denver to see the baby….don’t know if she made it or not……I sure hope she did. She had come to say goodbye to the house, and said she needed to do it alone. We hugged, cried, and said our Good-byes….said we would meet for lunch soon. It was hard for me to leave…….The world was so much better for Karen being a part of it….my thoughts, prayers, and love are with you. Love, Linda
Gail Gross-Brown - May 8, 2017
We got to know Karen through the friendship between V.J. and Micah. We spent many hours at crew watching our boys compete and developing a special bond between them.
Karen’s kindness and special feelings for Micah, helped us when V.J. was killed.
Amy, it has been nice talking with you about your family, your career, and your new home in Colorado. We are sorry for your loss and hope to connect with you when we come out to Colorado. We can’t wait to meet the newest member of your family. Again, so sorry for your loss.
Anita & Larry Parsley - May 8, 2017
We are so terribly sorry for your loss. While we didn’t know Karen well, we always loved seeing her and Dave at Barb and John Abendschein’s house for get togethers, especially at Christmas.
Our deepest sympathy,
Larry and Anita Parsley