Life So Young

This is the obituary for former co-worker’s daughter who passed unexpectedly on Tuesday. Please lift the Russoniello’s in your thoughts and prayers….

Elizabeth C. Russoniello

Elizabeth Christina “Liz” Russoniello, 20, of Lancaster, died unexpectedly Tuesday at Lancaster General Hospital. Born in Lancaster, PA, Liz was the daughter of Patrick J. and Janice (Evans) Russoniello.

Liz was a sophomore at Shippensburg University, where she was double majoring in English and Secondary Education. She was employed for three years by Giant at Lancaster Shopping Center as a cashier and checkout coach.

Liz graduated from St. Anne Parochial School in 2003, and was a 2007 graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School, where she was a member of the marching band color guard, and Writers Anonymous.

A member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, Liz taught Religious Education during the 2006-07 school year.

Liz was a volunteer for Relay for life, Respect Life Group at LCHS, and North Museum. She enjoyed reading and writing. Liz was a generous, sweet, loving person, and was a big help around the home. She put everyone else before herself, and as a result of her being an organ donor, was able to help 5 people through the Gift of Life program. She was very proud that she bought her own car in November 2007.

In addition to her parents, Liz is survived by her brothers and sisters, Becky of Austin, TX, Patrick of Lancaster, Joanie, Frank, Tommy, Margie, Maria, and Sabina, at home, maternal grandparents, Frank and Patricia Evans of Flagtown, NJ, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. She is preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Michael and Joan Russoniello.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial Monday, December 22, 2008 at 11 AM at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 601 East Delp Road, Lancaster, PA with Rev. Msgr. Richard Youtz as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery, Bausman, PA. A viewing will be held Sunday evening from 6 until 8 PM at Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Chapel, Inc., 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA, and again at the church on Monday morning from 9 until 10:30AM, with the rosary being recited at 10:30 AM. Please omit flowers. Memorial Contributions in Liz’ memory may be made to Dominican Sisters of the Perpetual Rosary, 1834 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601. To send an online condolence, please visit

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