Suzanne  Russell


Suzanne Russell, 90, of Kalkaska, passed away Tuesday morning, May 7, 2019. She was born on May 18, 1928, in Toledo, Ohio, to the late Russell and Susan (Osgood) Armentrout, of Monroe.
Suzanne graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in home economics and Eastern Michigan University with a Master of Arts in education.
Her passion for educating young minds was evident from the very beginning of her career. She was a pioneer of childhood education, helping to launch the Head Start program that is now implemented across the nation. She taught early elementary education in various schools in Southern Michigan before settling with her family in Kalkaska in 1968, where she continued her career in education until retirement around 1985.
Suzanne was an active member of the Kalkaska community, volunteering in many clubs, including the Kalkaska Historical Society, Academia Club and the St. Paul Lutheran Church.
She greatly enjoyed gardening, reading and spending time with her friends and family. Suzanne was an incredibly warm and caring person who used her many gifts to encourage children, support her community and love her family. She was well-loved and will be missed by many.
Susanne will be lovingly remembered by her children, Leslie E. (Penny) Russell Jr., Thomas D. (Kelly) Russell, Mary K. (Paul) Tucker, James R. (Dawn) Russell and Susan E. (Roger) Gann; grandchildren, Dr. Lyndsay Tamborelle, Jonathan M. Russell, Lauren Wiley, Jenny Hall, Sarah Mengers, Diana Weber, Aaron R. Tucker, Andrew P. Tucker, Rachael E. Strasser, Sara Collins, Ryann Collins, Kelsey Collins and Connor Russell; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Suzanne was preceded in death by her parents and husband of 45 years, Leslie Russell.
A visitation will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m., at Kalkaska Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Kalkaska at 2 p.m. The family will receive friends for a final visitation at 1 p.m. until the time of service.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Kalkaska Funeral Home and Cremation Service.
Published on May 12, 2019
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