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Her Life

June's Obituary

June (Lingley) Russell, 68, of Feeding Hills passed away at home on December 25, 2020. June was born in Holyoke on February 29, 1952 to the late Raymond and Helen (Twarog) Lingley. She graduated from Chicopee Comp. High School in 1970 and retired from her position as the kitchen manager for Holyoke Catholic High School in 2008.

June was the glue of her family - a devoted wife, a loving mother and grandmother, a dear sister, and a loyal friend. June loved kids and kids loved her - the unhappiest child would smile when June held him in her arms. June was a compassionate person who gave love unconditionally and always put the needs of others above her own. She had a gift for making people feel loved, cared for, and supported. She had an adventurous and fun-loving spirit, and made others laugh with her great sense of humor. She was a talented cook, baker and cake decorator, and a gracious hostess who made everyone feel like part of her family.

June will be missed by all who knew her, including her beloved husband of 50 years, Jim; her sons, Jim Jr., Scott and Tim; her daughters-in-law, Cynthia, Angela and Jenn; her siblings, Kathy Gouin (and her husband Robert), Melvin Lingley (and his partner Lois DePalo), Judy Pasterczyk, Fay Dandurand (and her husband Dave), Avis Griffin (and her husband Jim), Lois Heath (and her husband Tom) and Chun (Squirt) Lingley; her grandchildren, Caitlyn, Alyssa, Ainsley, Clara, Lydia, and Johanna Russell, and Derick Stirton (and his wife Alyne); and many extended family members and friends. She was preceded in death by family members Allan Lingley, Vincent Lingley (and his wife Doris), Edwin Pasterczyk, and Robert Stirton.

A private wake will be held on January 5, 2021. All are welcome to pay their respects to June at a graveside service on January 7, 2021 at 11 am at Forestdale Cemetery at 304 Cabot Street in Holyoke. We request that everyone wear masks and observe social distancing guidelines.

Share stories, memories and tributes at In lieu of flowers, please make donations in June’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.