A 100-year-old World War II veteran who lived in New Fairfield has passed away. Lou Russo fought for independence after being confined in a nursing home against his will. He died Tuesday of heart failure at Danbury Hospital. A social worker conducted a well-being check five years ago and found problems with the house and signs he was not taking good care of himself. His conservator placed Russo in a nursing home, instead of getting treatment at a VA facility. The conservator sold Russo’s contracting equipment and rented out his home. After 17 months of fighting, dozens of volunteers fixed up his house and Russo was able to move back in. The Newstimes reports that a celebration of life is being planned at his Hammond Road home on August 1st, when they planned to mark Russo's 101st birthday.