Frank M ColarussoJuly 5, 2002
North Greenbush Frank M. Colarusso, 80, of Meadow Drive, died Friday at New York Presbyterian Hospital Manhattan after a brief illness.
Born in Troy, he was son of the late Michael and Mary Palladino Colarusso and husband for 53 years of Angela Cioffi Colarusso. He had resided in the Troy and North Greenbush areas all his life.
Mr. Colarusso co-owned Colarusso's Beauty Salon in Troy from 1949 to 1972. He retired from the Troy Housing Authority in 1990.
He was a communicant of St. Michael the Archangel Church in North Greenbush. Mr. Colarusso was a World War II Army veteran who participated in the invasion of Normandy at Omaha Beach, earning 5 battle stars in the war.
Throughout his life, Mr. Colarusso, was active in community affairs. He founded the North Greenbush Public Library in 1964 and served as its President and a Trustee for 10 years and a trustee of the Upper Hudson Library Federation. He was instrumental in creating the Troy Housing Authority's reading programs for 'Latch Key Kids' in the Lansingburgh School District and at Public School #12 in the 1990's in Troy, and numerous reading programs in North Greenbush.
His tireless efforts helped to bring about the closing and capping of the Troy Landfill and the creation of the North Greenbush Water District in 1997.
Mr. Colarusso served as North Greenbush Town Chairman in the 1960's and as Rensselaer County Director of Civil Defense. Mr. Colarusso was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Troy Lodge of Elks, and a Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Wynantskill.
Survivors in addition to his wife include two daughters, Mary Kazmierczak of Clifton Park and Nikki Marshall of Westport, CT; two sons, Michael Colarusso of Downington, PA and Frank Colarusso Jr., of Ridgefield, CT; two sisters, Rita Colarusso and Rose Magnetto both of Troy; a brother Dominic Colarusso of North Greenbush; 7 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held Monday at 9:30am at St. Michael the Archangel Church Williams Road North Greenbush where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. There will be no calling hours. Interment St. Mary's Cemetery in Troy.
Contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Colarusso to the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, PO Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0302.