Donna Mae Russell, 92

Donna Mae Russell, 92, of North Manchester, Indiana, formerly of Wabash, died at 9:51 pm, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 at Peabody Healthcare Center in North Manchester. 

She was born Dec. 24, 1923 in Pleasant Lake, to Gail William and Mildred (Johnson) Anstett.

Donna was a 1942 graduate of Pleasant Lake High School and a graduate of the Warner Beauty College in Fort Wayne.  She married Charles E. Ogalsbee in South Carolina on June 2, 1950; he died Jan. 22, 1975.  She then married George W. Russell in Wabash on April 13, 1989; he died January 9, 2001.  She was a beautician 1950-1989 and worked 16 years at the Wabash Country Club.  She was a member of the Urbana Yoke Parish Urbana.  Donna was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star #90 of Wabash more than 70 years. and the Pleasant Rebecca Lodge of Angola since 1942.  She enjoyed sewing, working on the computer, and especially loved her grandkids and great grandson Leland.

She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca K. "Katie" (Sam) Leland of Wabash, two granddaughters, Leah M. (Nathan) Thurman of Brownsburg,  and Hannah R. (Andrew) Neuenschwander of Wabash, great grandson Leland S. Neuenschwander  sister, Doretta Souders of Clare, Mich., sister-in-law, Dorothy Anstett of Angola, several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Marietta Agner and Eloise Wisner, and her brother, Donald Anstett.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Pastor Randy Myers officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call 4-8 pm Tuesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is Urbana Yoke Parish or Christmas Spirit.

The memorial guest book for Donna  may be signed at


Posted on 2016 Nov 22