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Thursday September 1st, 2022
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Celebration of Life

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Thursday September 1st, 2022
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Gerald L. "Jerry" Russ

Gerald L. “Jerry” Russ

Age 79 of Crest Hill, IL, passed away in his home on August 26, 2022 with his family by his side.

Born October 23, 1942, Jerry was a son of John J. and Barbara (née Dragovan) Russ. Raised in the Joliet area, he graduated from St. Joseph Grade School, Lockport Township High School, and Joliet Junior College. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from North Central College in 1965.  

On July 29, 1967, Jerry married Janet M. Benedick in St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Jerry was a Senior Systems Analyst for Caterpillar and retired at the end of 2002 after more than 36 years of dedicated service.

A longtime member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church, he was an avid sports fan, especially of both the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears. He loved weather watching and looked forward to winters filled with snow.  

Jerry had a passion for problem-solving and could often be found working at a computer or enjoying something on television.

Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, Janet M. Russ; sons, Brian Russ and Todd (Leona) Russ; granddaughter, Meaghan Russ; sisters-in-law, Geradette Russ and JoAnne Benedick; nieces and nephews, Heather Benedick, Jeff (Jenn) Benedick, John (Danae) Russ and Scott (Katie) Russ; numerous great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins; and his lifelong friend, Vince (Pat) Marvic.

Jerry was preceded in death by his son, Mark G. Russ (2011); parents, John J. and Barbara Russ; brother, John S. Russ; brother-in-law, Bob Benedick (2022); and father and mother-in-law, Theodore and Marcella (McCarney) Benedick.               

A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 1, 2022 at 3:30 p.m. with a Celebration of Life ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home, 1500 Black Road, Joliet, IL 60435.

Relatives and friends are invited to meet at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 1711 Burry Circle Drive, Crest Hill, on Friday, September 2, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. for the celebration of a Mass of Christian burial.

Jerry will be laid to rest in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Joliet, IL  

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Jerry’s memory to the Benet Academy Fine Arts Department, Joliet Catholic Academy, or Lightways Hospice and Serious Illness Care.

Relatives and friends are encouraged to sign the online guest book by logging onto www.PleseFuneralservices.com.

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the genuine care and direction of Kenneth A. Plese, in Joliet, IL   815-735-2125.

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Janet and family, please accept our sincere sympathy on the loss of your dear Jerry. May God comfort all of you.

Jeanne and Henry Cremer Sep 3 2022 10:30 AM

My deepest condolences for your loss. I'm here for whatever you need."
"I wish you peace, comfort, strength and lots of love at this sad time."
“I send you all my love at this difficult time. Know that you always have my unconditional support.
Sincerely : Glenis pardo 🕊️🙏

Glenis pardo Sep 1 2022 10:25 PM

Janet, please accept our sympathy. You've had to deal with way too much!

David and Marcille Sandahl Sep 1 2022 4:41 PM

Que su alma descanse en paz”.
“Mi más sentido pésame. Rezo por que el amor reparador de Dios esté contigo en este momento”.
Glenis pardo 🕊️🙏

Glenis pardo Sep 1 2022 3:05 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. May you find comfort in all your happy memories of Jerry. Peace be with you.

Bob and Lois Fenoglio Aug 31 2022 10:40 AM

I know Jerry is resting in the arms of God now. It was a blessing to share some of life's moments with him and the Russ family. Sending love and prayers. Karen and Mike Flavin

Karen and Mike Flavin Aug 29 2022 8:59 PM

So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. God Bless You. Jesus Mercy. Mary Pray for all of you. Eternal rest grant on to Jerry, Oh Lord & let perpetual light shine upon him, may he rest in peace, in the Hands of God.

Patricia Phinney Aug 29 2022 7:00 PM

So much love to you all during this very hard time.

Kelsey & Tim Peceniak Aug 28 2022 12:32 AM

Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family.

Kim Sayers- Benet Academy Aug 27 2022 9:23 PM