OBITUARY

Joseph Anthony LoRusso

August 10, 1949February 28, 2019
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Joseph Anthony LoRusso, went to meet our Lord on February 28, 2019 at the age of 69. He died in the arms of his beloved wife of over 38 years, Sherry LoRusso, nee Curran.

He was born in Saint Louis, MO on August 10, 1949, to Joe and Alberta LoRusso. He grew up on The Hill, and celebrated his Italian heritage with his community. Joe had a deep appreciation for good food, a full house, and music that touched the soul. He loved his family and friends, and was a master storyteller of historical battles and Biblical events. He was proud that he passed his gifts along to his sons, to be shared for generations to come.

Joe is the loving father of Micah (Irene) LoRusso, Josiah (Chynna) LoRusso, and Jason LoRusso; proud Nonno (grandfather) of granddaughters Natsumi LoRusso and Harper LoRusso, and soon-to-be first born grandson Landon LoRusso.

Joe served his country during the Vietnam War with the United States Marine Corps. He faithfully served God and dedicated his life as a Pastor at Hill Fellowship/Hill of Zion, Rivers of Life, and Southgate Church for more than 40 years. He has ministered, prayed and brought countless couples, families and communities together; his spiritual legacy has had international impact, as his heart for sharing the Gospel of Jesus was constant. He loved officiating over wedding ceremonies, and many couples were blessed by his humor, candor, and respect for the blessing and commitment of marriage. After moving back to The Hill, Joe launched The Hill Bible Study on Monday nights at his home and his family will proudly continue to sponsor the annual Turkey Bowl at Berra Park.

Joe loved sports, especially soccer, and was formative in working with CYC as a coach, referee, and volunteer. He passed his passion for soccer along to every generation to walk through the doors of the churches he served in, and fostered community among denominations both on-and-off of the field.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents Joe and Alberta LoRusso; by his nephew Vinny LoRusso; and by his sister Barbara (Bobbi) LoRusso.

Joe is the cherished older brother of Vince (Nancy) LoRusso, Tom LoRusso, and Rich (Terri) LoRusso; brother in-law of Susie (Joe) Panke, Mike (Mary) Curran, Sandi (Tony) Kloepfer, Jeff (Gen) Curran, and Crissy (Dave) Holmes; and is a beloved uncle, nephew, cousin, friend, and pastor to many.

The celebration of his life and legacy will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Southgate Church, 9820 E. Watson Rd. St. Louis, MO 63126. It will be followed by the Interment at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at Southgate Church from 5-8:30pm and Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 9-10am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southgate Church, for the benefit of Christ for India. Led by Abraham of India, this ministry was one of Joe’s dearest campaigns to reach people with the Gospel. www.christforindia.in

  • FAMILY

  • Joe LoRusso, Father
  • Alberta LoRusso, Mother
  • Sherry (nee: Curran) LoRusso, Wife
  • Micah (Irene) LoRusso, Son
  • Josiah (Chynna) LoRusso, Son
  • Jason LoRusso, Son
  • Natsumi LoRusso, Granddaughter
  • Harper LoRusso, Granddaughter
  • Landon LoRusso, Grandson
  • Barbara (Bobbi) LoRusso, Sister
  • Vince (Nancy) LoRusso, Brother
  • Tom LoRusso, Brother
  • Rich (Terri) LoRusso, Brother
  • Susie (Joe) Panke, Sister-in-law
  • Mike (Mary) Curran, Brother-in-law
  • Sandi (Tony) Kloepfer, Sister-in-law
  • Jeff (Gen) Curran, Brother-in-law
  • Crissy (Dave) Holmes, Sister-in-law
  • Joe is preceded in death by his nephew Vinny LoRusso; and is a beloved uncle, nephew, cousin, friend, and pastor to many.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, March 5, 2019
  • Visitation Wednesday, March 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 6, 2019
  • Committal Service with Full Military Honors Wednesday, March 6, 2019
REMEMBERING

Joseph Anthony LoRusso

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Sandra Kloepfer (sister in law)

March 7, 2019

It was late March 1988..Joe prayed over me. My husband Tony and I had been married for 9 years. We were trying to conceive and had been seeing a fertility doctor for 2 years. After unsuccessful attempts, next step was the Vitro dish. Joe's prophetic prayer.. for my womb to opened and for children to bless us. On April 7th we received a call from div..of family services .a 3yr old brown eyed brown curly hair little girl Jessica was placed in our care. Nine months later.Jan 20.1889 I gave birth and were blessed with another little girl..Lauren ..11 months later blessed again with a little girl Jenna. Weren't quite complete..August 1995 our 4th little girl ame into our life.Lindsay.. He was a loving brother in law and loved talking to him about scriptures.life and how it all entwined. My sister was truly blessed as well as Joe because they had each other. Their love for God truly shows through their 38 years of marriage..Well will miss him so, .but will see him again.

Kenny Boland

March 4, 2019

Joe is my cousin from the Big City. What I remember about Joe, and Sherry as well, is how they opened their home to so many families over the years. Big hearts filled with the love of Jesus.

Lanette Young

March 3, 2019

My favorite facet of Joe is the way he loves Sherry. It is a true testament of how Christ loves His Church. Joe's eyes would light up when Sherry walked into the room like he was seeing her for the first time.
It is an honor to have worked for and worshipped with a man of such integrity as Joe. He will be missed.

Vicki Craig

March 3, 2019

Though decades have passed since I last saw Pastor Joe, I remember his warmth, wisdom, and how he passionatetly prayed over and blessed mission trips to Del Rio -Acuna. I was privileged to be an adult volunteer for two life changing trips. I learned much from him, and the people he pastored. He was an indelible part of the south county Christian base.

Cassidy Cooley

March 3, 2019

After hearing of Pastor Joe's passing, I posted a blog about this incredible man who changed my life. I am honored that Sherry asked me to post the link to it on this site: http://cassidyscommentary.com/2019/03/01/joe/
My husband David & I have been deeply impacted by Joe & Sherry LoRusso. His passing leaves a huge gap in the church community of St. Louis and far beyond, and we will all miss him. We love you, Pastor Joe!!!

Rich LoRusso

March 3, 2019

Joe influenced many but as a young boy, he was all in with me - 10 yrs older he treated me like a friend- never teased or tormented- but took me under his wing especially when it came to sports - B-ball & Soccer. He was a gifted competitor that friended his foes. Our back yard court and the Oldani’s field next door were the places he shared his passion. Our 1 On 1 b-ball games were fierce and beating him was never an option- but molded me into a pretty good player and went to Baltimore representing St Louis b-ball program in the Youth Games at 15- a type of junior Olympics - Brother Joe came to every tryout and scrimmage to show support for the athlete he honed. He had an profound influence on so many levels. I will never forget his kindness and integrity- the lord takes only the best and Joe was exactly that. We have a close family as a result.

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Biography

Joseph Anthony LoRusso, went to meet our Lord on February 28, 2019 at the age of 69. He died in the arms of his beloved wife of over 38 years, Sherry LoRusso, nee Curran.

He was born in Saint Louis, MO on August 10, 1949, to Joe and Alberta LoRusso. He grew up on The Hill, and celebrated his Italian heritage with his community. Joe had a deep appreciation for good food, a full house, and music that touched the soul. He loved his family and friends, and was a master storyteller of historical battles and Biblical events. He was proud that he passed his gifts along to his sons, to be shared for generations to come.

Joe is the loving father of Micah (Irene) LoRusso, Josiah (Chynna) LoRusso, and Jason LoRusso; proud Nonno (grandfather) of granddaughters Natsumi LoRusso and Harper LoRusso, and soon-to-be first born grandson Landon LoRusso.


Joe served his country during the Vietnam War with the United States Marine Corps. He faithfully served God and dedicated his life as a Pastor at Hill Fellowship/Hill of Zion, Rivers of Life, and Southgate Church for more than 40 years. He has ministered, prayed and brought countless couples, families and communities together; his spiritual legacy has had international impact, as his heart for sharing the Gospel of Jesus was constant. He loved officiating over wedding ceremonies, and many couples were blessed by his humor, candor, and respect for the blessing and commitment of marriage. After moving back to The Hill, Joe launched The Hill Bible Study on Monday nights at his home and his family will proudly continue to sponsor the annual Turkey Bowl at Berra Park.

Joe loved sports, especially soccer, and was formative in working with CYC as a coach, referee, and volunteer. He passed his passion for soccer along to every generation to walk through the doors of the churches he served in, and fostered community among denominations both on-and-off of the field.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents Joe and Alberta LoRusso; by his nephew Vinny LoRusso; and by his sister Barbara (Bobbi) LoRusso.


Joe is the cherished older brother of Vince (Nancy) LoRusso, Tom LoRusso, and Rich (Terri) LoRusso; brother in-law of Susie (Joe) Panke, Mike (Mary) Curran, Sandi (Tony) Kloepfer, Jeff (Gen) Curran, and Crissy (Dave) Holmes; and is a beloved uncle, nephew, cousin, friend, and pastor to many. 

The celebration of his life and legacy will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Southgate Church, 9820 E. Watson Rd. St. Louis, MO 63126. It will be followed by the Interment at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at Southgate Church from 5-8:30pm and Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 9-10am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southgate Church, for the benefit of Christ for India. Led by Abraham of India, this ministry was one of Joe’s dearest campaigns to reach people with the Gospel. www.christforindia.in