MONROE — Olivia "Libby" C. Russell of the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Bridgeport passed away Sunday, August 11, 2019 after a lengthy illness in Bridgeport.

Libby was born January 18, 1942, in Bridgeport, the daughter of Genevieve and Hilding Thornfeldt. She graduated in 1960 from Masuk High School in Monroe.

Libby was a truly unique woman who enjoyed antiquing, decorating and spending time with family and friends.

She leaves her daughter, Johnna Ann (Rick) Mullen of Oxford, and her son, H. Pierce (Tracie Pavlik) Wrabel of Fairfield; her grandsons, John and Joseph Mullen; her sister, Peggy A. Knopf of Addison, N.Y., and special friend Wayne Parent.

She was predeceased by her husband, James Shelley Russell; a son, John H. Wrabel Jr.; and a sister, Lorraine M. Clark.

She will be laid to rest with a memorial service at Angels' Gate family cemetery in Rathbone, N.Y., at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by the Ralph E. Hull Funeral Home, 161 W. Church St., Seymour.

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