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Doreen Russell – Obituary

Name: Doreen Russell

Age: 93

Born: 08-29-1923

Died: 08-13-2017

St. Joseph Catholic Church Waite Park, Minnesota

St. Joseph Catholic Church Waite Park, Minnesota

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, August 18th, at 11:00 AM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waite Park for Doreen A. Russell, age 93, of St. Cloud, formerly of Waite Park, who died on Sunday at St. Benedicts Senior Community. Rev. Timothy Gapinski will officiate. Burial will be in the Parish Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday after 9:30 AM at the Church.


Doreen was born August 29th, 1923 in St. Joseph to John and Margaret (Philippi) Pfannenstein. She married Kenneth Russell on May 31st, 1941 at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waite Park. She was a homemaker and lived most of her life in Waite Park. Doreen was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and was past president of St. Joseph’s Christian Women.

Doreen was a long- time volunteer at St. Joseph’s Grade School. She loved her family, word find puzzles and light houses.

Survivors include her children, Kathleen Hogrefe, Montevideo, Judy Holasek (Allan) Green Isle, Kenneth Russell Jr. (Margaret) St. Cloud, Colleen Reiter, St. Augusta, Tim Russell (Lynell) St. Cloud, Susan Alexander (Scott) St. Joseph, and Richard Russell (Jolinda) Artemus, KY, 1 foster child, Ceily Sabrowsky (Merv) Cold Spring, 21 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, and many great-great grandchildren, brothers and sisters, Jerome Pfannenstein, Waite Park, Ronald Pfannenstein (Marge) St. Cloud, Elaine Wojtanowicz (Andy) Rice and Barbara Mishler, St. Cloud.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, January 8, 1980, children, LaMonte Russell and Carol Russell, 2 foster children, Jim Notch, Stewart Mayhew, grandson Troy Russell, and brothers and sister Harry, Elsie Brown, Norman, and Melvin and sons-in law, Marvin Hogrefe and Larry Reiter.

The family would like to thank the Short Stay South Staff at St. Benedict’s Center for their extraordinary care they gave Doreen and her family.


Guestbook for Doreen Russell

Barb Fischer (Brown)
, Niece
August 18, 2017, 1:24 am
So sorry to hear about Aunt Doreen's passing. I will always remember going over to her house when I was a kid and having so much fun. She will be missed. Sorry I couldn't come up ther for the service. My condolences to her family. From Bill and Barb Fischer in Tucson, AZ.
Wanda Russell-Grace
, Granddaughter
August 16, 2017, 11:34 pm
Last time I visited with Grandma she told me she was ready to go so I know she is in great hands and right where she wanted to be. Rest In Peace Grandma and give my Dad and brother a big squeeze from me. Xoxoxoxoxo Wanda
Linda Jones & family
, neice = Hopi & Mazie's daughter
August 16, 2017, 4:47 pm
Aunt Doreen was truly loved by our mom (who, I am sure greated her in Heaven). We recently visited her at St. Bens and will cherish the moments. She was loved by all! God Bless.
Wendy Gohman
, Stepbrothers & sisters grandmother
August 15, 2017, 2:30 pm
My condolences, Rest In Peace Doreen.

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