Rolland ‘Russ’ Russell

April 23, 1924 – July 7, 2012

Rolland “Russ” Russell, formerly of Waukesha, passed away peacefully with his son, David, by his side on Saturday, July 7, 2012, at Meriter Hospital at the age of 88.

Russ was born in Dubuque, Iowa, on April 23, 1924, the son of Rolland Sr. and Louise (nee Hess) Russell. He married Lois (nee Bierie) on Aug. 2, 1950. After the two were married, they moved to West Allis and they later moved to Waukesha in 1962. Throughout the next several years, they moved to Pittsburg, Akron, Ohio, and Los Angeles. They eventually moved back to Waukesha and made their permanent home there. Russ was a dedicated member of the Knights of Columbus and was a former grand knight and faithful navigator. He was also a proud veteran of the U.S. Army and served during World War II. While in the military, Russ was a part of the brave forces that liberated the concentration camps in Germany. In his spare time, he enjoyed woodworking and gardening. He was a longtime member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waukesha. More than anything, Russ enjoyed being with his family.

Russ will be dearly missed by a son, David (Betsy) Russell of Cross Plains; his granddaughter, Zoe Russell of Cross Plains; his brother in-law, John (Barbara) Bierie of Indian Wells, Calif.; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Russ was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Richard Russell, in 1956; his sisters-in-law, Ruth and Jane; and his brother-in-law, George.

A private family burial was previously held for Russ at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Milwaukee. A memorial Mass for Russ will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Russ’s name may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter, 620 S. 76th St., Suite 160, Milwaukee, WI 53214; or to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 822 N. East Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For an online obituary or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com, or call 542-6609.