John Russell “Russ” Woodside, 76, of Huntley, died peacefully June 7, 2021.
Funeral services for Russ are private. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Grafton Food Pantry.
Russ was born September 7, 1944, in Pittsburgh, PA the son of John and Eleanor Woodside. On September 12, 1970, he married Joanne D. “Jody” Sadler. Russ worked as a ceramic/mechanical engineer and since 2007 he has worked as the Maintenance Supervisor of Sun City, Huntley. Earlier in his life he was very passionate and involved in the Shaler School Board Pittsburgh, PA. Russ stayed busy by working. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Russ was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend who will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Joanne, his daughter, Amy (Brad) Wackerlin and son, Joshua Woodside, by his 3 grandchildren, Jolie, Connor, and Cooper, and by his sister, Janelle (Jonathan) Sartell and a sister-in-law, Jane (Benjamin) Carnovale.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
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Dear Jody, Amy, Josh, Our deepest sympathies on the passing of Russ. We have such fond memoires of our times spent with you all when you lived in Pittsburgh and Russ worked for Swindell Dressler. Your beautiful family is in our prayers. We know that your wonderful memoires of Russ will sustain you. Our Love, Denny and Marilyn Funtal
I am so sorry to learn of Russ' passing. I have worked with him for many years at Sun City and he was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. He will be missed.
Jody, Amy and Josh, Our deepest sympathy to you and your family for the loss of Russ. May God bless you in your time of grief.
Russ was so beloved by all of us who reside in Sun City. He was humble, practical, and kind in his approach to his job. I needed advice about lighting and he took the time to answer me although he was so busy at that time. It is hard to believe that he is no longer living as he was "larger than life" when dealing with strangers, residents, and his staff. He will be so greatly missed.
I am so sorry to hear of Russ's passing. He was such an important part of our neighborhood. His presentations at meetings were informative and humorous.