Laughlin Memorial Chapel Inc
222 Washington Rd
Mt Lebanon, PA 15216
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Age 94, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, surrounded by his family. Leo touched the lives of countless people and will be remembered as a man of faith, integrity, and devotion to the causes and organizations important to him. He loved family gatherings and was the life of many parties. Until recently, he continued to enjoy a game of golf at Chartiers Country Club where he was the longest tenured golf member. Leo was born on March 15, 1919, a son of Niles Edward Russell and Helen Davis Russell. He spent his early childhood in Linesville and Erie, PA, before his family moved to Mt. Lebanon in 1929. Leo graduated from Penn State University in 1941 with a B.S. in industrial engineering and remained a loyal alumnus attending his 70th reunion in 2011. During World War II, he served in the Navy on the Cincinnati and the Tarawa. With his father, he founded Russell Industries, an asphalt paving contractor, which he sold in 1996. He was an active member of the industry, serving as president of the Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania (CAWP) in 1974, and President of the Association of Pennsylvania Contractors (APC) 1981-1982. Service was important to Leo. He spent many years on the board of the Pittsburgh Guild for the Blind and was honored in 1994 with the Monsignor Paul M. Lackner Humanitarian Award. He also served as president of St. Clair Hospital board and was active with St. Vincent DePaul Society and the Serra Club. He created two awards at Penn State, the Pauline Schmitt Russell Distinguished Research Career Award in the College of Health and Human Development and the Leo P. Russell Graduate Fellowship in Civil Engineering. His stepchildren also created the Leo and Marie Russell Scholarship, given each year to two graduating seniors at Mt. Lebanon High School. Leo was the beloved husband of the late Marie (Heim) Fleming and Pauline Ann Schmitt; devoted father of John (Marilyn), Stephen (Kathleen), Marie (Kenneth) Klaer, Mark (Gail), Kevin, and the late Michael Russell; father-in-law of Nancy; brother of the late Edward Russell, Margaret Johnson, and Mary Jane (Rusty) Trotter; stepfather of Terrence (Heidi), David (Elizabeth), Peter (Molly), Daniel, and the late Virginia Fleming; grandfather of Amanda (Thomas), Andrew, Erin, Patrick, Meghan, Thomas, Margaret, Connor, Fiona, Tricia (Davis), Michelle, Eileen, Christopher, Dillon, Eric, Sarah (Jeff), Stephanie, Patrick, Christie, Bridget, and the late Eric; great- grandfather of Ella, Anna, Alexandra, and Ashley. Friends will be welcomed at LAUGHLIN MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 222 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon, Thursday 1-4 and 6-8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of Grace Church, Scott Twp. Friday morning at 10 o'clock. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. If desired, the family suggests contributions to St. Vincent DePaul Society, the St. Clair Hospital Foundation, or a .
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from May 22 to May 23, 2013
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