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Katherine A. Russell

September 5, 1933 ~ February 8, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old
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Katherine A. Russell Obituary

Katherine Ann Russell, 90, a longtime resident of rural Stewartville passed away on Thursday (February 8, 2024) surrounded by her loving family. She was a resident at Cascade Creek Memory Care, in Rochester, since September 2022.

 Katherine was born to Robert and Lovina (Guy) Markham on September 5, 1933, in Spring Valley. She was the youngest, of four daughters and proudly spent her childhood, a “farm girl” in the Spring Valley and Stewartville area. Katherine attended country school and graduated from Stewartville High School in 1951. She worked at Lake Theatre, in Stewartville, where she met William (Bill) Russell. They were married on September 23rd, 1951, at the Stewartville United Methodist Church. On their, rural Stewartville farm, Katherine and Bill raised their six children. As a homemaker and mother, she also was the bookkeeper for Bill’s masonry and cement contracting business. In 1976, Katherine was employed at the Mayo Clinic, retiring in 1993. A longtime member of the Stewartville United Methodist Church. Member of Stewartville American Legion Auxiliary Unit 164, the Order of the Eastern Star in Stewartville, Stewartville bowling league and Ladies card club. Katherine’s hobbies included: playing cards, traveling, quilting, craft sales, gardening and canning. She will be fondly remembered for her cooking and baking, but cherished for her banana bread, molasses sugar cookies and chocolate fudge. Throughout her life, Katherine took pleasure in the time spent with family and friends. Her love of animals was always evident, from her early childhood on the farm and all the pet dogs she dearly loved.

Survivors include: four daughters, Gail Keller of Rochester, Linda (Dan) Kinzer of Rochester, Karen Smith of Rochester and Brenda (Jay) Button of St. Charles. Two sons Michael (Rochelle), and William “Joe” both of Rochester, 19 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Bill, (January 3,1989) one granddaughter, Veronica ‘Roni’ Kinzer, her three sisters, June Stelter, Jean Whynaucht, and Lurene Hortsmann.

The funeral service for Katharine will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday (February 13, 2024) at the Stewartville United Methodist Church with Rev. Laura Nordstrom offiiciating. Burial will follow at High Forest cemetery in High Forest,MN. A time of visitation for family and friends will take place from 11 to the time of service on Tuesday at the church. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Condolences and meories of Katharine are welcome at

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February 13, 2024

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Stewartville United Methodist Church (Rochester)

Funeral Service
February 13, 2024

1:00 PM
Stewartville United Methodist Church (Rochester)


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