Frank Russo

Francesco (Frank) Russo, 54, of Middletown, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Care One at King James in Atlantic Highlands. Born in Italy, he was raised and spent most of his life in Jersey City before moving to Middletown in 2005.

Mr. Russo began his career in Law Enforcement with the Hudson County Police Department where he was known as “Bootsie” and went on to join the Jersey City Police Department, earning the nickname “Puffy” from his partner, and retired in 2012.

He was predeceased by his brother Joseph Russo and brother in-law Lawrence Musarra. Surviving are his beloved wife of 20 years Kathy (Musarra) Russo of Middletown; his daughter Kathleen Hernandez and her husband Jay; 4 grandchildren: Anthony, Jason, Jessica, and Jayleen Hernandez; his sister Angie Simeone and her husband Ciro; his sisters in-law Lenne Musarra and Mary Franco and her husband Richard; his brothers in-law and their wives Thomas Musarra and Marcy and Buddy Musarra and Debbie; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Monday, March 11, 2019 from 5-8 pm at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home 115 Tindall Road, Middletown. Services will be held at 7 pm. Cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers donations are requested to the American Cancer Society at


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