February 4, 1922 ~ July 24, 2019
Sister Ellen Joseph Russell
Sister Ellen Joseph was born in New Orleans, LA in 1922. As a child she and her family moved to San Francisco and then to Los Angeles where Ellen was educated by the CSJs.
Following graduation, Ellen entered community in 1940 where she joined her sister, Sister Rita Joseph.
Sister Ellen Joseph loved her ministry in education and particularly enjoyed teaching middle grade students. She treasured the warm memories of the families and students who filled her life. As Ellen entered into her retirement years, she shared extensively with the older sisters. She and several “retired” friends formed a local community which focused on active retirement. It was a gift to the parish and to community.
Throughout her life, Ellen brought a faith-filled presence to her ministry and to community. Her quiet, even shy, and always gentle manner endeared her to everyone. We will miss her dearly.
She is survived by her sister-in-law Mary Russell; and many nieces and nephews including Lary (Irma) and Jim (Karlene) Russell, and Carol (Dennis) Louber.
Welcoming Sr. Ellen Joseph back will be from 1:30-4:30pm on Monday August 19, 2019 at the Carondelet Center in Los Angeles, with a Service of Remembrance at 4:30pm, and Funeral Liturgy at 6:30pm. Interment will be held Tuesday August 20 at 10am at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, CA. Donations in memory of Sister Ellen Joseph Russell may be sent to: Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, 11999 Chalon Road, Los Angeles, CA 90049.
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