Hudson – Catherine Mary (Toner) Russell of Hudson, 92 years old, died on May 20, 2023 after a period of declining health. Catherine was married to the late Nelson H (Dusty) Russell for 50 years.
She is survived by her daughters, Patricia C Bakos and husband Timothy, Rosemary Gummoe and husband Shawn both of Honesdale PA and son Michael C Russell and wife Lucy of Hudson. Catherine is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, several cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, Catherine was predeceased by their 2 sons, Nelson and Thomas and granddaughter Catelin as well as her sister Florence Schofield and brother John Toner.
Catherine was born in Marlborough, MA, daughter of the late Thomas F and Florence (McPhee) Toner. She worked at the local Braga Shoe in her early years. Following her graduation from St Michael Academy, she became a stay at home mother for many years. Catherine then returned to school attending courses at Assabet Valley Technical HS and became an Licensed Practical Nurse. Her new career as an LPN brought her to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester and later Marlboro Hospital, retiring in 1995.
After the death of her two sons, she became a member and facilitator of a bereavement group named Pieta at St Michael’s parish. Along with Rev. William Wolkovich they provided grief counselling for over 30 years for people who had lost a child to death.
She was a lifelong member of St Michael Parish with many years as a Catholic Daughter of America. She was a former past regent and recording secretary. When Catholic Daughters disbanded, she joined The Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She was also an organist and choir member at St Michaels, a member of Our Father’s Table as well as a member of the Hudson Senior Citizen group, Hudson Historical Society, Hudson Garden Club and the former Hudson Emergency Medical Group. Catherine was also a 7th Armored Division WWII widow.
Relatives and friends are invited to a period of visitation from 4 PM to 7 PM on Thursday, May 25, 2023 at Tighe Hamilton Regional Funeral Home, 50 Central St., Hudson, MA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at11 AM on Friday, May 26, 2023 at Saint Michael Parish, 21 Manning St., Hudson, MA; followed by a procession to Forestvale Cemetery in Hudson for Committal Services.