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Agatha "Aggie" Ruscitto

February 26, 1926 — September 7, 2023

Aggie Ruscitto, 97, of Erie passed away on September 7, 2023 at the Sarah Reed Senior Living Center.  She was born in Samo, Italy on February 26, 1926, the daughter of the late Michael and Bianchina Codespoti.

Aggie graduated from Strong Vincent High School, obtained her beautician’s license and worked as a beautician before and during the early years of her marriage to Joe Ruscitto.  Later she proudly became a full-time homemaker and wonderful mother, aunt, godmother, friend, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She was a fabulous cook and baker, and you could not enter her house without being fed and taken care of, as her wonderful hospitality extended to everyone.

She was a member of St. George Catholic Church for over 60 years and was involved in the Rosary Society and participated in many church events.  She generously gave of her time to many organizations including the Women’s Welfare League, the Italian American Women’s Association and volunteered at St. Vincent Hospital for over 40 years.  Along with Joe, she believed in always helping others and supported many religious organizations both at home and overseas.

Aggie was preceded in death by her parents and stepfather Vincent Pepicello; her beloved husband of 68 years, Joseph Ruscitto; brother, Anthony Codespoti; sister, Catherine Celentano; stepbrothers: Ben, Vincent, Joe and Tony Pepicello and stepsister, Anna Lawrence; son, Stephen Ruscitto; nieces: Barb Laneve and Natalie Hazen and nephew: Bob Ruscitto.

She is survived by her children: Joseph Ruscitto (Alba) of Queens, NY, Denise Lorei (Mike) and Susan Ruscitto of Erie; grandchildren: Stephen Fabian and Brittany Ruscitto of Brooklyn, NY, and Alex Fabian (Heather) of Columbus, Ohio; great-grandchildren: Harper, EJ and Isaac Fabian of Columbus, Ohio, and many beloved nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Aggie was truly one of the kindest, most loving women, always full of love for her family and friends.  She possessed an innate grace which she never lost, even as she struggled with dementia for almost 20 years.  Her beauty, smile and kindness will never be forgotten, and her life of service to others will always be an inspiration.

The family extends deep gratitude to the Staff of Sarah Reed, especially Latisha, Mary, Liz, Pam and Ellen, as well as to Lynne of Interim Hospice for their loving care of Aggie. 

Family and friends may call at Burton Quinn Scott Cremation and Funeral Services,West Ridge, 3801 West 26th Street on Monday, September 11th from 3 to 7 p.m. and are invited to attend a Prayer Service there at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 12th, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. George Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m.  Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Italian American Women’s Association, 5194 Jason Dr. 16506.

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Monday, September 11, 2023

3:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Burton Quinn Scott Cremation and Funeral Services West Ridge

3801 West 26th Street, Erie, PA 16506

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Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

St. George Catholic Church

5145 Peach Street, Erie, PA 16509

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Tuesday, September 12, 2023

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