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Cathleen Sue Russ, age 70, of Lowell, passed away early Thursday morning, May 18, 2023 at her home under the loving care of her family and Spectrum Health Hospice.

The daughter of Douglas Leroy & Joyce Marlene (Faulkner) Cook, she was born on January 4, 1953 in Grand Rapids. On February 24, 1973, in Grand Rapids, she married Bruce Wayne Russ and together they enjoyed 50 years of marriage and raised three children.

An avid reader, gardener, and quilter, Cathy enjoyed working the past 27 years at Georgie’s Consignment Shop in Ada, but found her greatest joy in time spent with her family.

Cathy was preceded in death by her parents, Joyce Cooper and Douglas Cook. She will be sadly missed by her husband, Bruce Russ; their children Bridget & Scott Apolinar, Brad & Katie Russ, and Shawn & Karlye Russ; her grandchildren, Cody, Brooke and Hailey; and several brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kent District Library. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Cathy’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville, 616-754-5638.


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  1. Jamie on May 18, 2023 at 9:04 pm

    Aunt Cathy was a fantastic Aunt and will be greatly missed!

    When I think of memories with her I can’t help but smile!

  2. Justin on May 18, 2023 at 9:37 pm

    She loved to pick on me and ask if I had any girlfriends. She was the best aunt and godmother!!!

  3. Tina Kellogg on May 19, 2023 at 6:31 pm

    I’m so sad to hear of Cathy’s passing. I will miss her dearly. We shared some great times together at Diamond Lake. I don’t think there was a bass that ever got away from Cathy’s favorite bait…..the hula popper!! During those Diamond Lake days I had a few falls and Cathy nicknamed me “Tina Grace”, which always made me smile. I pray for God’s grace and peace at this time for Bruce & family.

  4. Kathy Reyburn on May 20, 2023 at 9:17 am

    This is a sad time for all that knew Cathy. She was one of my sister’s best friends and as they grew up together they got into mischief together. I will never forget that her friendship with my Jane was so strong that she made the trek to Colorado for Jane’s funeral. My condolences to Bruce and the entire family. Rest in Peace Cathy. You will be missed by many. Kathy Reyburn

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