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Katherine A Russell

February 26, 1940 — January 25, 2023



WINCHENDON – Katherine A. (Whalen) Russell, 82, of Winchendon, died peacefully Wednesday, January 25, 2023 in Gardner Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, with her family at her side.

She was born in Gardner on February 26, 1940, daughter of the late George and Mary (Pavlosky) Whalen and was a member of the first graduating class of Narragansett Regional High School in 1958. 

Katherine worked for many years as an assembler for DA Manufacturing in Winchendon until her retirement.  She enjoyed reading and doing crossword puzzles.  An avid sports fan, she also loved to shop and then go to Applebee’s. For many years, she and her husband spent winters in Florida.

She leaves her husband of 23 years, Kenneth L. Russell; four children, Michele McDonough and husband Richard of Royalston, Mark Russell of Port Orange, FL, Nicole Alger and husband Marc of Rutland, VT and Cheryl LeBlanc and husband Chad of Winchendon; two brothers, Jim Whalen and wife Janice of Baldwinville and Tim Whalen and wife Jackie of Winchendon; a sister in law Susan Whalen of Winchendon; ten grandchildren and several great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard Whalen and Jonathan Whalen.

Private funeral services will be held in Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon. 

Burial will be in Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, Winchendon.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452

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 Kevin J. Mack, Walter C. Taylor and Douglas M. Stone, directors



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