Elvera A. Russo

February 11, 1936September 24, 2021

Elvera A. Russo, age 85, of Chatham passed away peacefully on September 24, 2021. She was the beloved wife of the late Pasquale F. (Pat) Russo for over 54 years. A loving mother and grandmother, she is survived by five children; Paul (Denise) of Harwich, Patricia (Robert) Stadolnik of Norfolk, Stephen (Lesley) of Westford, Peter (Maureen) of Westborough and Julianne Britt of West Newton and North Truro. She is survived by eleven grandchildren and their spouses; Kathryn (Chris), David (Helen), Peter, Mark (Kristen), Joseph (Cristi), Laura (Christopher), Jessica, Kristen, Jillian, Stephanie (Ryan) and Alexander (Tessa), and three great-grandchildren Aurora, John Robert and Pace. She also leaves many nieces and nephews. Raised in Providence, R.I., Vera was a graduate of Hope High School and the Rhode Island Hospital School. She worked as a lab tech at Lawrence Memorial Hospital until she and her husband settled in Bedford, MA. While a resident of Bedford for over 30 years, Vera actively volunteered, serving at Emerson Hospital, the Bedford Public Schools, Saint Michael Parish and countless community initiatives. As frequent vacationers to Cape Cod, Vera and Pat moved to Chatham in 1989. She was a daily communicant and eucharistic minister at Holy Redeemer Church, a member of the Monomoy Yacht Club and the Chatham Garden Club, and a volunteer at Cape Cod Hospital. Vera had many interests as a gourmet cook and cake decorator, water colorist, gardener and seamstress. Warm and welcoming, Vera loved entertaining friends and family who delighted in an invitation to her table. Vera enjoyed walking the seashore trails, boating, golfing, attending Cape Cod Symphony concerts and theatre. She and Pat travelled often to destinations near and far, and enjoyed many excursions throughout the world. Close friends and family are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am on Friday, October 8, at Holy Redeemer Church, 57 Highland Avenue, Chatham, MA. Private interment to be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at, or, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, October 8, 2021


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Carmela DeSantis

October 5, 2021

I am so sad to hear about Vera but I know deep in my heart that she is where she belongs. She is with her loving husband again and although we will miss her dearly, we can surely understand her need to go. Vera was one of the first women I met when I joined the mermaids many years ago. She was beautiful and funny and engaging and so very welcoming. She shared her Italian heritage with me and so many wondereful stories about her kids and family. I reveled in this as my family was much of the same. God bless you Vera for touching my life in a very special way and God bless those you left behind who will forever hold you close.

What a beautiful difference one single life made.

Marcia Burns

October 5, 2021

Peace at last for Dear Vera.
Now no pain, with Our Lord and
Her Patsy.

Peter Russo

September 25, 2021

Aunt Vera wore her heart on her sleeve. There was always a kind word for everyone in the family. My aunt and my uncle were true partners. They understood life and lived it fully together. Peter Russo Cranston, Rhode Island.