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Gladys Jane (Derr) Russell

Gladys Jane (Derr) Russell, 88, of Fredonia, passed away on March 29, 2022 at her residence.

Born on June 29, 1933 in Transfer, PA; a daughter of the late Frank Derr and Pearl (Zuschlag) Derr.

Gladys was a graduate of Hickory High School.

She was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Mercer.

She worked on the family dairy farm, enjoyed playing solitaire, and most of all enjoyed time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Gladys was an Amish driver for many years.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, MaryAnn (Jim) Harpst of Lititz, PA, and Rosemarie (Ron) Philson of Saegertown, PA; six grandchildren, Jason (Leann) McCurdy, Jeremy (Tiffany) McCurdy, Shannon Geiger and companion Aaron Rekich, Shawn (Karen) McCurdy, Kristina Harpst, and Kimberly (Dave) Staub; fifteen great-grandchildren; five step great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Naomi Derr; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents; Gladys was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Edward Joseph Russell, whom she married on April 26,1952 and who passed away on May 19, 2019; two brothers, Harry Derr and Earl (Mary) Derr; and two sisters, Francis (Bob) Gilliland and Delores (Bill) Nitch.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will take place at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Mercer.

Interment will follow in Millbank Cemetery.

Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to Rose & Black Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Stoneboro and Sandy Lake.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.roseandblackfh.com



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Dear Rose,Maryanne & family, so sorry to hear about your mom. I have good memories of her. Mom sends her sympathy. Marilyn McCullough & Joyce

Joyce e Molnar Apr 19 2022 2:07 PM

Rose (and family) So sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. Always glad to see you (tho it's been a long time!) at the bank. Also talked to your mom on the phone. Praying for you at this time.

Lindy Gahagan Apr 10 2022 11:24 PM

Rose and Ron - So sorry to hear about your mom. May God comfort you.

Jesse and Amy Ligo Apr 4 2022 9:04 AM

Maryann and Rosie, We were saddened to hear of your mother's passing. She was a loving, caring neighbor. Deepest sympathy to you and your families. The Harold Clark Family. Dorothy, Ken, Richard and Carol

Carol Murray Apr 3 2022 12:46 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gladys Russell

Dan Mar 29 2022 9:38 PM

So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Prayers and hugs for all.

Sherry Reynolds and family Mar 29 2022 5:01 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gladys Russell

Sherry Reynolds and Family Mar 29 2022 4:59 PM

My sincere condolences to all of the family. I will be thinking of you during this difficult time.

Jeffrey Engstrom Mar 29 2022 2:38 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gladys Russell

Beth Mar 29 2022 1:44 PM