Anita Russ, 92, Evansville

Anita Russ, 92, of Evansville, died Friday (November 24) at River Pointe Health Campus in Evansville. She was born in Ferdinand October 8, 1925, to Joseph and Susan (Olinger) Laake. She married Eugene (Jim) Russ October 2, 1948, at St. Ferdinand Church in Ferdinand.

Anita was a 1941 graduate of the Academy Immaculate Conception. After her graduation she worked at the convent in the business office. During World War II she worked at the Office of Price Administration (OPA) in Jasper. Following the war she worked at Wesselman’s grocery store in Evansville, assisted her husband at United Wood Products, and worked at St. Meinrad Grade School. She was a member of the St. Anne’s Sodality at St. Ferdinand Church. For many years she volunteered at Scenic Hills Nursing Home and was a Eucharistic minister for St. Ferdinand Parish shut ins. She helped type manuscripts for two books that were written by sisters from the Monastery (The Castle on the Hill written by Sr. M. Frederica Dudine, O.S.B. and God Calls the Walsh Family compiled by Sr. M. Benedicta Clauss, O.S.B.). She loved to spend time with her family, especially her two granddaughters, playing cards, cooking, reading, gardening, and travelling with her family.

She is survived by two sons, Jeff Russ, Bloomington, and Eric Russ and wife Margaret, Evansville; two granddaughters, Julia Anita and Mary Catherine; three sisters, Bernice Weyer, Ferdinand, Dolores Schwinghamer, St. Henry, and Joan Persohn, Noblesville; and two brothers, John Laake and wife Nancy, Ferdinand, and Allen Laake and wife Ann, Jasper.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Russ, and two sisters, Ardella Weyer and Mary Lee Lueken.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 7-9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Memorial donations may be made to the St. Ferdinand Parish Landscaping Flower Fund. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Ferdinand Church.

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