Rose Russell
1929 - 2020

Rose (Lazar) Russell

ROSWELL, GA - Rose (Lazar) Russell, of Roswell, GA, formerly of Schererville, passed away June 23, 2020 at home. Born June 29, 1929 in East Chicago, Rose graduated from East Chicago Washington High School in 1947. She married Andrew Russell in 1947.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Zack and Aurelia (Benderfen) Lazar, grandparents Maria and Achim Ghicofian, her husband, Andrew; daughter, Gayle Russell; and sisters: Aurelia (Gabriel) Baranyai, Violet (Piliu) Secheresiu and Helen (Peter) Jurasevich/Popa. Survivors include her children: Andrea (Jerry) Vagelatos of Broomfield, CO and Annette Russell Farmer (James) of Roswell, GA; seven grandchildren: Lynnette Underwood of Roanoke, IN; Lisa Ferguson (Scott) of Valparaiso, IN; Andrew (Lily) Vagelatos of Longmont CO and Mary Vagelatos of Castle Rock, CO; Bryan (Rachel) of Brunswick, GA; Zachary of Charleston, SC; Sam of Roswell, GA; six great grandchildren: Lauren, Landon and Meghan Underwood and Emma, Donna and Bryce Ferguson; numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren.

She began her career as a legal secretary for Mosny, Wleklinski & Harvey, Attorneys-at-Law & Andrew Sambor, Attorney-at-Law. She was co-owner and operator of Steel City Vendors for 30 years with her husband, Andrew. She ended her working career at The Methodist Hospitals, originally in Utilization Management, subsequently as Liaison in Physician Services Center.

Rose was passionate about volunteerism. She devoted years to the General Federation of Women's Clubs & Indiana Federation of Clubs serving as President of GFWC Indiana Harbor Junior Woman's Club, GFWC Lake County Federation of Junior Women's Clubs, GFWC Tenth District Federation of Junior Women's Clubs, GFWC Indiana Harbor Woman's Club, GFWC Indiana Federation of Clubs, GFWC Past State Junior Officers Club, GFWC Past State Officers Club, GFWC Past State Presidents Club, GFWC Great Lakes Region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio & Wisconsin). Served as Chairman of the Board for the American Heart Association, Indiana Affiliate; member of the Merrillville Business & Professional Women's Club and a life-long member of New St. George Romanian Orthodox Church and Carmen Sylva Auxilliary. She received Honors as an Outstanding Junior Clubwoman in the state of Indiana, 1958; prestigious Vera K Deppert, RN award (AHA) for Outstanding Service on a Local, State & National level; the West Lake County Unit (AHA) established the Rose Russell Award in 1988, given on a yearly basis to an outstanding person in West Lake County, present the first year to Rose; served as chairwoman of a national committee for AHA responsible for writing a manual for volunteers; and in 1987, received a Silver Bowl Award from AHA for 30 years of service; received Bronze, Silver, & Gold Medallions for Meritorious Service (AHA). After moving to Roswell, GA, she joined the Roswell Ramblers and the Roswell Adult Recreation Center. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the New St. George Romanian Orthodox Church, PO Box 613, Schererville, IN 46375; GFWC, AHA Indiana Affiliate or Roswell Ramblers/Roswell Adult Recreation Center, Roswell, GA in her name. A private graveside service with family will be held at a later date.

Published by The Times on Jun. 28, 2020.
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Dear Russell Family,
We are so very sorry. Rose was a dear lady and we always enjoyed talking with her at church. May She Rest In Peace and May Her Memory Be Eternal.
Emil and Julie Baciu
June 29, 2020
Dear Russell family,
I knew Rose and Andy during my time at Methodist Hospital. Rose was the most pleasant and dedicated person you could ever meet. Please accept our condolences during this time of loss
Mike and Joanne Kovacich
June 29, 2020
Dear family ,
I remember Rose Russell from church and her efforts teaching Sunday school with my Mom at the church in Indiana Harbor and her support of the church . Our familys condolences to you all.
Denise (Metz) Builta
June 29, 2020
I met Rose as a member of the Merrillville BPW. She was a lovely and outgoing lady. It was a privilege to know her.
Renee M Krstovich
June 28, 2020
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