February 21, 2020
Russ possessed a quiet, gentle, loving and powerful presence. He lived life with a passion for ideas. His Italian and German roots could be felt as he presented and debated his clear and convincing arguments. He often spent his time researching and pursuing new knowledge. He savored solitude while pondering whatever topic his brilliant and creative mind might be entertaining as he prepared a lecture, homily, or conversation with a client, friend or with family members. His career choices over his life span stretched both his mind and heart and the minds and hearts of students, parish members, clients and friends. He learned over time that listening more and speaking less was the secret to learning what mattered most to the people in his personal and professional life. Professionally, Russ lived out his story as priest, preacher, teacher, and addiction therapist. In all his roles he shared his unique creativity, his acquired wisdom, his cynical humor and the depth of his spirituality. He had a way of impacting and influencing others through his clever and creative way of presenting ideas and theological truths. He was an impactful preacher and teacher. He knew when and how to invite others to consider new ways and approaches to everyday life experiences and challenges. As a counselor, Russ walked alongside others with compassion. He understood the challenges and commitment needed in becoming a more whole, loving and kind human being. The experiences Russ grew to treasure in his life were his role as son, husband, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great uncle, cousin, and friend. He is survived by his loving wife, Linda Bronersky, his sister Rosemary Darnell (Bob), brothers Ricky (Liz), and Ronnie (Karen) and many treasured nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews as well as extended family. He felt life’s blessings as he created a home with Linda. Their home is a place of peace, love and hospitality. Russ also loved to garden. He spent endless hours from early spring through late fall caring for the earth, planting flowers and vegetables that nourished others spirits and bodies. He also enjoyed the hobby of woodworking. Russ was also an avid reader enjoying a variety of books from autobiographies, historical novels and books that addressed political challenges. Russ became, in his final years of living with multiple health challenges, what he received- “a presence of God’s unconditional love and compassion.” In his new spirit, Russ sends a word of gratitude to you thanking all, who passed through his life, for your faithful presence in the good times and difficult times. In lieu of flowers, please make a tax -deductible donation in Russ’s memory to The Sisters of St. Joseph by visiting https://www.csjoseph.org/make-a-gift/ or send a donation to Congregation of St. Joseph, Foundation Office, 1515 W. Ogden Ave. LaGrange Park, Il 60526 OR Please visit the Samuel A. Enumah AFRICANCER FOUNDATION at www.africancer.org or send a donation to SAEAfricancer Foundation, 3913 Sears Road, Columbus, Georgia 31907.
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