Anne Freeman Russell


Anne Freeman Russell, age 78, of Le Sueur passed away peacefully on

Monday, March 31, 2014. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday,

April 4, at the Le Sueur United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held on

Thursday, April 3, from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Kolden Funeral Home in Le Sueur and one

hour prior to the service time Friday at the church.

Anne was born on January 24, 1936, in Plainfield, NJ, to James Russell and

Florence (Lott) Freeman and grew up in Westfield, NJ. She graduated from Stevens

College in MO in 1956. On June 5, 1957, Anne married William (Bill) Russell in

Columbia, MO. They lived in Missouri, Nebraska, Illinois, Arkansas, and then moved

to Le Sueur in December of 1974.

Lovingly known in her family as Grandma Anne, she thrived on spending

time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an avid quilter and

seamstress who made many keepsake quilts for her family, as well as hundreds of

darling baby bibs for all, each sewn with exact precision. She found joy in gardening,

and stayed active by working at Traverse de Sioux Garden Center in St. Peter. She

loved to travel. Growing up in New Jersey gave her a love for the Jersey Shore, which

she visited many times throughout her life, and within the past year she made trips

to France and Florida. She was a loyal Twins fan, win or lose, listening to most of

their games on the radio while she sewed. She was known within the family for

several recipes that no one has been able to duplicate, especially her signature

chocolate chip cookies and the “good beans.” She loved her cat, Honey, and the birds

that she fed outside her kitchen window.

She is survived by her daughters Betty Anne (Mark) Bertrang of Onalaska,

WI, Judy Lynne (John) Sunderman of Le Sueur, Margaret Jane (Pat) Kahnke of St.

Paul; grandchildren Brianne, Kevin, Tyler (Emily), Abby (Sam), Samuel, Nina, and

Naomi; great grandchildren William and Paul; sisters Florence (Sandy) Rom of NJ,

and Margaret (Peg) Dunlap of NC.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Bill.