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Obituary for Russell Graziano Sr.

Russell J. Graziano, Sr., 63, of Erie, passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

He was born in Erie on December 30, 1958, a son of Isabel J. (Taccone) Graziano and the late, Frank A. Graziano.

Russell attended St. Paul’s Grade School, Roosevelt Middle School, and Strong Vincent High School. He then joined the Navy from 1977 until 1981, and served on the USS Dixon. Russ worked as a Facilities Director for the Village at Luther Square as well as Golden Living Nursing Home in Titusville. He was the Alley Manager at Cascade Park Club and was a member of La Nuova Aurora, National Club, and the American Legion of Union City. He was an avid bowler, hunter, and fisherman. Russ was the life of the party, he was a prankster and loved to put a smile on everyone’s face. You could always find him on Friday Nights at Rack and Roll singing his favorite songs on Karaoke. He was selfless and always helped those in need. Above all, Russ was a very proud grandpa, he loved his grandsons so much.

Russell is preceded in death by his father, Frank A. Graziano.

He is survived by his son, Russell J. Graziano Jr. (Lynnley Hyzer), grandsons, Graysen and Braeden, his mother, Isabel J. (Taccone) Graziano, siblings, Darlene Spitzer (Alan), Frank Graziano (Diane), June Ann Leuschen (Brian), Patrick Graziano, Patricia Graziano, Joseph Graziano (Paula), and Charles Graziano. Many nieces, nephews, and friends also survive.

Friends may call on Monday from 2pm until 4pm and from 7pm until 9pm at the Kloecker Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. and are also invited to the prayer service on Tuesday at 9:15am followed by the Funeral Mass at St. Paul’s Church at 10am. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery.

The family would like to thank all of the nurses and doctors in the MICU at UPMC Hamot and at the Hillman Cancer Center in Pittsburgh for taking such great care of Russ.

Donations may be made to Hillman Cancer Center 5115 Centre Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15232.