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Dorothy “Pat” Russell-Runge | Obituary

May 9, 1940—Aug. 16, 2022

Dorothy “Pat” Russell-Runge (Moen), born May 9, 1940, made her way to eternal fame with her family in

by his side on August 16, 2022, after a short battle with cancer and a longer battle with dementia.

Pat was eleven years old when she accompanied her sister to church, saw a baby being baptized, and decided she wanted to be baptized too. She was baptized into the family of God on February 17, 1952.

Pat kept his faith close and raised his children to know Jesus. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, supported Shoreland Lutheran High School, where her children attended, and in her final days she took her daughter by the hand and said, “Listen, I have to tell you all children, it’s good when I go there. It will be fine. It only matters that you come after me.” Her faith in Jesus Christ as her Savior was everything to her.

Pat was a retired registered nurse. She was an active member of the Lake County Community Concert. She enjoyed telling stories, taking great vacations, scrapbooking, researching her genealogy, working on her computer, and attending concerts at Shoreland Lutheran High School. She loved sweets, including cheesecake, brandy-filled candy, caramel or peanut butter M&M’s, and she loved anything to do with “cheese”.

She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Richard Runge; his eldest son, Mark Russell; daughter, Crystal Russell (Voss), her husband, Mark; their three children: Michael, Christa and Alexandria; and two great-grandchildren: Cooper and baby/boy. She is also survived by her daughter, Julie Russell; and his youngest son, David Russell, his wife Theresa; David’s children: Kenneth and Grace; their mother and mom’s adopted daughter, Karen Cooper, her husband, Reverend David Cooper; and his sister Donna Hyland. Relatives who preceded her include her late husband, Kenneth Russell, her parents, Walter Moen and Gladys Zito, and her brother, Wally Moen.

Pat’s visitation and funeral will be on Monday, August 22, 2022 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m., service at 11:30 a.m. and a luncheon immediately following. She will be interred at Mt. Olivet Memorial Park, Zion, IL during a private prayer service after lunch.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made at Shoreland Lutheran High School, designated for the Ken Russell Scholarship Fund, or Immanuel Lutheran Church.