Janet Louise Spitz Russell

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Janet was a beautiful
woman -- dedicated to
her children and her
husband, an artist who
sought and created
beauty in this life and a
deeply religious person who
was a seeker of truth. Janet
was a vibrant and active child,
with lots of curiosity about
life. Her family lived in many
cities and towns all along the
front range from Denver to
Colorado Springs. But her
favorite childhood home was
in Evergreen, CO, where she
would ice skate on the lake
with her older sister, Norma,
and her parents, George and
Lois Spitz. Janet graduated
from Loretto Heights Catholic
College in Denver, CO in
1959 with a Bachelor of Arts
in Art. That year she met the
man who would become her
life partner at the annual Air
Force Academy/Loretto Ball.
She married George Kenneth
"Ken" Russell on July 30, 1960
and they celebrated their 55th
Anniversary the summer
before Ken died in January
of 2016. Together they raised
four children, Julia McKay, Jeff
(Terie) Russell, Ann Engel, and
Allison (Joe) Stewart, in Castle
Rock, Colorado. Janet was
the heartbeat of her home.
She devoted countless hours
to caring for the well-being
of her family. She was always
available with a listening ear,
activities and crafts to do,
stories to read, and good food
to eat. Janet later became
"Grandma" to eight beautiful
grandchildren, Park Russell,
Chloe Russell, Isaac Stewart,
Ben Stewart, Ethan Engel,
Kim Stewart, Tim Stewart and
Adam Engel. Janet was also
a lover of the great outdoors.
She would take walks in
nature with her children and
grandchildren always
pointing out beauty
along the way and
collecting seed pods
and other things to
make some beautiful arrangement
for her home. Janet
was a woman with a deep
faith in God. In 1966, she
became a lifelong member of
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic
Church where she made many
beloved friends, sang in the
choir, and blessed the church
with her artful creations
- beautiful banners, altar
cloths, and finely decorated
candles. Janet bravely walked
with Parkinson's disease for
25+ years, but was one who
never gave up hope - and in
the last years, strived to live
more vibrantly and meaningfully
than ever. We will miss
your enduring love, Janet
Louise Spitz Russell. Rest in
A funeral Mass will be held
in her honor at St. Francis of
Assisi Catholic Church, 2746
5th Street in Castle Rock,
CO, 80104 on January 6, 2018,
1:00pm. Recitation of the
rosary will begin at 12:30pm.
A light lunch reception will
be held following the service.
In lieu of gifts or flowers, a
tribute contribution can be
made in memory of Janet
Russell to: "Maryknoll," a
Catholic organization fighting
world poverty that Janet
donated to regularly. Letters
"on behalf of" can be mailed
to Allison Stewart, 163 South
200 East, Providence, UT
84332. https://donate.
Religious Service Information
St Francis Of Assisi
2746 5th St
Castle Rock, CO 80104
(303) 688-3025
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Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from Dec. 22, 2017 to Jan. 21, 2018