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Barbara Jean Russell
Russell – Barbara Jean, 72, Richland Township, went to be with the Lord on May 16, 2017 at her residence. Born on September 1, 1944 in Cairnbrook, PA, daughter of Joseph and Mary (Marko) Slovensky. Preceded in death by her parents; brother, Joseph J. “Slo”; son-in-law, Mark E. Grunza; grandnephew, Joseph A. Slovensky Jr. She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Leonard J. Russell; daughters, Connie M. Grunza, Davidsville and Renee D. Stephens, and her significant other, George J. Lambrinos, both of Johnstown; grandson, Russell M. Grunza, Davidsville; sisters-in-law, Olivia (Bonitz) Slovensky, Richland Township, and Patty (Russell), wife of Jerry Dively, Etters, PA; brothers-in-law, Sylvester A. Russell, Cairnbrook, and Robert (Nancy) Russell, Mantua, OH; nephew, Joseph A. (Cheryl) Slovensky; nieces, Jacqueline Slovensky-McQuaide, Joni (Bruce) Schofield, and Janine (Jeff) Ribblett; grandnephews, Patrick and Derick McQuaide, Mitchell and Michael Hoffman; grandnieces, Hunter and Laken Schofield, and Jocelyn Hernandez; numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends, including special friend, Dolores (Ron) Newsom, Robert and Nicholas Newsom, Lori (Rich) Louder, and Marge Webb, and her fur baby, Kylie. Barbara was a 1962 graduate of Shade High School. She later graduated from Conemaugh School of Nursing. Barbara was employed at St. Luke Hospital, Cleveland, OH, Church of the Brethren Home, Windber, PA, and retired from Windber Hospital as a Registered Nurse in the Recovery Room. She was a member of the Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Barbara enjoyed playing the piano, listening to polkas, and shopping, but especially loved watching her grandson, Russell play soccer. She loved God and her family with all her heart and lived her life in prayer. Friends will be received from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday at the Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland. Funeral Mass will follow at 1 p.m. at the Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Fr. John J. Slovikovski, Pastor. Committal will be at 1 p.m. on Monday at Richland Cemetery. Online condolences may be posted to www.wharrisfuneralhome.com. Cremation by Laurel Highlands Crematory at Harris Funeral Home.
I had the pleasure of working with Barb. She was a lovely person and a great nurse. She always had a smile and will be greatly missed. My sympathy to all of her family
Carol Mayer May 21 2017 12:00 AM
Dear "Uncle" Lenny, Connie, and Renee,
"Aunt" Barbie was a very warm, loving, beautiful woman. Please accept my deepest sympathy for the profound loss of your precious wife and mother.
God Bless all of you.
Sandi McQuaide May 20 2017 12:00 AM
Lenny, Connie, Renee, and Russell:
We were so sorry to receive the news of Barb's passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Matthew and Lorraine (Stahl) Bowman May 19 2017 12:00 AM
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Expression of Sympathy May 19 2017 12:00 AM
Words cannot express the sadness we are feeling. Please know that we are grieving along with you at the loss of our Barbie. She was a very special person to us. Our love and sympathies go out to you all.
Vickie & Jimmy Markovich May 19 2017 12:00 AM
I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Barb. She was a lovely person and always made me smile. Very witty, hard working, a good person. She will be sorely missed. I am so sorry for your loss.
Carol Mayer May 19 2017 12:00 AM
Dear Connie and family, So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. You have my prayers for peace in your hearts. God be with you all.
Ellen Stultz May 19 2017 12:00 AM
Lenny, Connie, Russell & Renee: We are so deeply sorry for the loss of Barb. She was a wonderful and kind person. She made me laugh with her laughter. May the memories help you through the hard days. God has another angel to help watch over you.
Pattie & Larry Bailey May 18 2017 12:00 AM
I am so sorry. Momma Barb was like a second mother to me growing up. She was so supportive of me when I had my Haley/Renee's goddaughter. I have wonderful memories that I cherish very much. She was an important part of my life. May she Rest In Peace. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Melissa Hohman Reichenbach May 18 2017 12:00 AM
Dear Lenny, Connie, Renee and Russell,
So sorry to learn of Barb's passing. She was so proud of her family. I know she will be missed. Please accept my condolences.
Brad Callihan May 17 2017 12:00 AM