Mary K. Russ, 85

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LACONIA - Mary Kathleen Russ, 85, of 21 Ledges Drive, died Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, at Lakes Region General Hospital.

She was born on April 10, 1932, in Fremont, Nebraska, the daughter of the late Edmund M. and Frances (Lynch) Miles. Mary was a graduate of the University of Minnesota. She worked for several years as a teacher for the Department of Defense. Most recently she worked for the Governor Wentworth School District. Mary was considered the most loved person on any teaching staff. She enjoyed music, visiting museums and traveling. She and her husband, Lawrence, were married in Germany and traveled extensively throughout Europe.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Lawrence Russ of Laconia; four sons, Daniel Russ and his wife Pam of Houston, Texas; Steven Russ and his wife Katherine of Atlanta, Georgia; Patrick Russ and his wife Lisa of Alpharetta, Georgia; and Miles Russ and his wife Ruth of Atlanta, Georgia; one daughter, Julia Hagearty and her husband Peter of Londonderry; one sister, Joan Hannan of Fremont, Nebraska; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18, at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home , 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, using the Whipple Avenue entrance.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at St. Andre Bessette Parish - Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Ave., Laconia.

Burial will follow at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul P.O. Box 6123-Lakeport, NH 03247.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial, go to