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“My condolences to Mary's family, I was involved in a church group with Mary in the past. R.I.P. Mary From Mary Ortiz ”
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Mary Jane Russell, 77 died Friday April 7, 2017 at Regency care in Sterling surrounded by her loving family and friends.

She was born on April 15, 1939 in Argyle, MN the daughter of Michael and Josephine (Verbout) Rajnowski. She married Alvin G. Russell on September 1, 1956 in Sterling. Mary Jane was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church and was deeply devoted to her prayer life and committed to her faith. She enjoyed family time and spending time on the river.

Survivors include her husband, Alvin; three daughters: Roxanne (Jeff) Billings, Ranae (Jodi) Bell and Noelle Filippi; three sons, Sonny (Priscilla) Russell, Tracy Russell and Chad Russell; her close friend Brenda Liggett; 19 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her son Jon Russell on May 21, 1988.

A gathering of friends and family will take place on Wednesday April 12, 2017 from 10 – 11 AM at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sterling. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 AM in the church with the Reverend Bruce Ludeke officiating.

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