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Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna
Wednesday November 21st, 2018
10:00am - 11:00am

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Wednesday November 21st, 2018

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Jessie Louise Russell

Jessie Louise Russell age 84, of Ravenna, MI died Friday, November 16, 2018 at Christian Care Nursing Home in Muskegon. Jessie was born on August 26, 1934 in Hill City, Minnesota to the late Louis E. and Clara (Wilkins) Steenberg. She was a teacher in the Ravenna Public Schools for many years. Jessie is survived by: Daughter: Colleen (John) Rothballer of California. Daughter in-law: Maureen (Greg) Russell of Ravenna. 6 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and Sons: Steven Russell and Greg Russell. Funeral Services will be conducted on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 11:00am at the Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna with Pastor Carl Black officiating. Burial will be in Ravenna Township Cemetery. The family will be at the funeral home 1 hour prior to the service to greet friends. Memorials may be directed to: Ravenna Library or Association of Blind and Visibly Impaired. Go to: www.throopfhravenna.com of Facebook @ Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna Inc. to sign the online guestbook. The Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna is in charge of funeral arrangements. 231-853-6511

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The Ravenna community has lost one of its great ladies. She will also be missed by her former colleagues at Ravenna Schools. Peace to the family.

Jane Link Rikkers Nov 21 2018 7:03 PM

So sorry for the loss of Jessie. So glad she was able to come and visit my mom Colleen Saylor McRoberts when she did. May she be at peace now.

Kelly McRoberts Leist Nov 21 2018 3:51 PM

Collen, Maureen and your families, So sorry to hear of Jessie's passing. she was truly a remarkable woman. From 1st grade on I spent a lot of time at the Russell's, as Greg and I were great friends. She was always smiling and laughing, even though life wasn't always easy. I watched as our school secretary put herself through college while working full time and raising 3 kids on her own. Jessie and the kids went from living in an old small trailer to a new modular home, and in later years a very nice ranch home in Ravenna. Reading the posts of others, she obviously was a wonderful teacher as well, and touched many lives in positive ways. I'm so blessed to have known her, and confident that she is laughing and smiling again with her boys. Keeping all of you in our prayers.

Jim Hogan Nov 20 2018 3:38 PM

So sorry to learn of Jessie's passing. She was a good friend of my Aunt Ruth McNitt.

Ruth Tobin Nov 19 2018 8:01 AM

Dave and I extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Jessie. She will be greatly missed. I worked with Jessie at school and she always had time to answer my questions, offer advice and guidance. In later years, I was able to get to know Jessie on a more personal level when she joined our Ravenna Literary Guild. I so enjoyed our conversations and will always remember her happy contagious laugh. Rest in peace, Jessie.

Coralee Spoelman Nov 18 2018 7:43 PM

I was so sorry to read about Jessies death. She was the person I looked up to most as a new teacher in 1976 and throughout my 35 years teaching in Ravenna. Whenever I was unsure of my teaching she was always there to give advice and assurance. Jessie was a true mentor and friend, and I will miss her very much. My deepest sympathies to the family, Colleen, Maureen, and kids. Your mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother was truly a wonderful woman. My prayers are with you as you mourn her loss.

Richard Van Oss Nov 18 2018 12:34 PM

So very sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful lady. I have known her for 49 years and she is one of the nicest, kindest, loving, giving people I have ever met. May she rest in Peace

Fred & Connie Riplo Nov 18 2018 10:00 AM

I am sorry for your loss! Jessie, may you rest in peace with those you loved and went before you. Deb

Deb Lee Nov 18 2018 8:00 AM

Very found memories memories of my 3rd grade and Mrs.Russell, sorry to family for your loss

Tina (Gierzak) Demaagd Nov 17 2018 9:39 PM