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In Memoriam: Russell DeGrassa


By Barbara Ann Zippi
Ciao Bella Living Italian Style

Russell “Russ” DeGrassa, a skilled master carpenter who lived in Ridley Park, Pa., and who appeared with his family on an episode of “Family Feud,” passed away on April 26 at age 60.

He was self-employed as a master carpenter and exceptionally skilled in the building trade. He literally built a “house next door” for his mother-in-law. He enjoyed time with his family, fishing and crabbing, camping, traveling and
his dog Pearl.

He was an accomplished musician, playing many different instruments, and was in the lineup for the family’s famous winning appearance on “Family Feud.” Throughout his life, he was known as a man of character, honesty and hard work. He was also known for his sense of humor and his generosity.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Madeline Church in Ridley Park and officiated by his son, the Rev. Jim DeGrassa, vicar at Sts. Simon & Jude, joined by over 30 celebrants from the region.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret A. “Peg” DeGrassa (nee Lafferty), his loving children Onnie Michalsky (Jason), Russell Jr., Rev. Jim and Marguerite DeGrassa; his sisters Toni DeGrassa, Terri Sinclair and Vicki DeGrassa; and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

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