WORCESTER, Mass. - Charlotte M. Russell, 70, of LeBoeuf Street, departed to heaven on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass., following a lengthy illness.
Born Jan. 1, 1942, in Tupper Lake, she was the youngest daughter of Lawrence and Eva (Proulx) Churco. Charlotte Madeline was a 1958 graduate of Tupper Lake High School. In 1961, Char graduated from Watertown's Mercy School of Nursing and began pursuing her profession. She became a registered nurse and was subsequently employed for 33 years, beginning with the Veterans Administration, then the state of New York at Sunmount DDSO. On Sept. 15, 1962, at St. Alphonsus Church, she married her high school sweetheart, Ralph H. Russell. They shared a loving and blessed union of 50 years.
Along with a successful nursing career, Charlotte lovingly raised three children: Eric, Eve and Ellen. Char enjoyed bowling, family "get-togethers" and blackberry picking at her "secret spots" in the Adirondacks. She was also a life member of Post 220 American Legion Ladies Auxiliary as well as a founding member of the Wild Center. Char was a devout member of Holy Name and St. Alphonsus parishes in Tupper Lake. Her life was a direct reflection of her family and her faith.
Charlotte is survived by her husband Ralph of Tupper Lake; three children: Eric Paul (Kathie) of Schuyler, N.Y., Eve Marie Russell Dakin and husband David of Harvard, Mass., and Ellen Ann Russell Duffy and husband Michael of Franklin Square, N.Y.; and one grandson, Zachary Russell Dakin, who was always the apple in Char's eye.
Surviving siblings include Betty Ann Varden and Pat (Bob) Bedore of Tupper Lake, Warren (Norma) Churco of Pennsylvania and James (Judy) Churco of Maryland. Char is also survived by many nieces and nephews near and far who hold her in their hearts. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, John and Ben; and her sisters: Thelma, Priscilla and Dorothy.
Calling hours were held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the Stuart-Fortune-Keough Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Name Church. Memorial donations in Charlotte's name may be made to the Tupper Lake Food Pantry or the Wild Center. Online condolences may be made at www.stuartfortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.