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Lorretta Madalon (Dunford) Russelle

November 17, 1930 ~ August 7, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old


RUSSELLE, Lorretta Madalon (nee Dunford) 

It is with saddened hearts we announce the passing of Lorretta Madalon Russelle on Monday August 7, 2023 in her 93rd year. Devoted and loving wife for 73 years of the late Charles “Chuck”. Proud and loving mother of 12 children Ron (Hank (Johanna), Gail Emery (Al), Nancy Sullivan (the late Dan), Jerry (Val), Chuck (Deb), Jane Killen (Gerard), Susan Field (Glen), Joe, Peter, Teresa Foley (Pat), Lisa Lytle (Mike), predeceased by her youngest son Michael. Cherished Gramma of 25 grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren. Predeceased by her parents Hilliard and Ruby Dunford (nee Freeburn).

Dear sister of Marg Godfrey (Larry), Jean Ferreri (Sam), Gord Dunford, Delbert (the late Marilyn), John (the late Paula), predeceased by Everett (the late Anna), predeceased by Vera McIssac (the late Dan), predeceased by Glad Pearson (the late Merv), predeceased by Helen Foote (the late Al). 

Sister-in-law to Jack (the late Mary), predeceased by Harry (the late Joan), predeceased by Jean Gallagher (the late Jack), William (Ruth), Dorothy Newburn (the late Ken), predeceased by Raymond (the late Carolyn), predeceased by Terrence (Bonnie), Mary Houston (Dave), Judy Crough (Paul) and Robert (Jean Moloney).

Mom was a very private person. She was quiet, soft spoken and well liked. She had a great perspective of many topics and kept up to date on world events.  This resulted in some really good conversations. Sewing and knitting were her passions. Every winter, she would knit us all her famous hat and mitt sets, including a couple for the neighborhood kids. Mom enjoyed reading, doing jigsaw puzzles, making homemade relish, chili sauce, and baking pies. Her go-to sports to watch were the Toronto Blue Jays and all the Curling Bonspiels.

Later in life, mom took an investment course at Fleming College, then obtained her real estate license and went on to work for Royal Lepage. When Mom and Dad became empty nesters, they moved from Peterborough and settled at Clear Lake. The lake was their happy place. We have so many special memories of Mom to cherish forever. We can take comfort in knowing she has been reunited in heaven with Dad and Michael.

A private Memorial Service was held at Highland Park Funeral Centre.  Interment St. Mary's Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.  Online condolences may be made by visiting

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