Margaret Magdalena Russell passed away peacefully at Autumn Years in Clarkston, on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, at the age of 94 years. Born May 28, 1922, in Farrell, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Michael and Helen (Kibash) Darazy. Margaret married Robert “Bob” Russell on Oct. 25, 1947, in Reese. They were married for 60 years and resided in Vassar their entire married life. She is survived by their son, Robert (Patricia) Russell of Vassar; daughters, Barbara (Bill) Mihalic of Rochester and Brenda (Patrick) Geyer of Rochester Hills; four grandchildren, Mary (Ryen) Sack of Brighton, Joseph Mihalic of Austin, Texas, Matthew (Angela) Geyer of Madison, Mississippi, and Sarah (Max) Niedzwiecki of Rochester Hills; two great-grandchildren, Maksim Sack and Teagan Niedzwiecki; sister, Katie Petty of Davison; brother-in-law, Raymond (Kaye) Russell of Vassar; sister-in-law, Betty Bauers of Ontario, Oregon; and several nephews, nieces, and great-nephews and great-nieces. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Bob; her parents, Michael and Helen Darazy; her sister, Anna Loll; her brother, Andy Darazy; sisters-in-law, Fran Nixon, Jane Taylor, Nell Baranski, and Bernice Darazy; brothers-in-law, Pete Petty, Bob Loll, Eldon Taylor, Harry Nixon, and Wayne Bauers; and her in-laws, Robert and Myrtle Russell.
Margaret was a parishioner of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Catholic Church in Vassar where she served as a Eucharistic minister and was a member of the Ladies Altar Society. Strong in her faith, she prayed the rosary daily. She worked at Vassar Townsend North Elementary School for 20 years and was known as Grandma Russell to all the children whom she loved dearly. Margaret loved spending time with her grandchildren, cooking and baking for them and the rest of the family. She also loved crocheting, making many blankets that she gave away, playing cards with family and friends and going to the casino. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
The Funeral Liturgy was celebrated Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Catholic Church in Vassar, Rite of Committal followed at Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church Building Fund or to the Fr. Robert G. Smith Knights of Columbus #7591, would be appreciated. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Penzien-Steele Funeral Home, 149 N. Main St. in Vassar.