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Russell R. Nixon, passed away peacefully in the home he built for his family, on Monday, July 4, 2016. He was born on October 30, 1939, in Niagara Falls, the son of the late Richard and Helen (Zuchowski) Nixon.
Russ, as he was known to all, graduated from LaSalle High School in 1957. He went on to receive a teaching degree from Fredonia State. Russ taught for 34 years in the Niagara Falls School District, which is where he met his beloved wife, Christine (Kuczwanski). Russ and Chris were married on August 3, 1974.
Russ was very active in many organizations. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, a lifetime member of the United States Power Squadrons and worked on various committees at St. John de LaSalle Church where he was also a lector. An enthusiast of many hobbies, Russ enjoyed boating, scuba diving, hunting, fishing and classic cars. His greatest joy was his family, including his wife; five children and seven grandchildren. Russ loved family gatherings and holidays. He had a special tradition of baking cookies with us grandchildren. Russ was a man whose strong faith in the Lord guided him throughout his life.
Russ is survived by his wife of almost forty-three years, Christine; his five children, Shannon (Mark) Kowalski, Kristen (Paschal) Frisina, Mary Helen (Dan) Johnson, Russell (Allison) Nixon and Allison (Dominic) Morganti; his seven grandchildren, Gabriel, Alexa, Liliana, Danny, Jack, Quinn and Dominic; a sister, Carol (late Douglas) Rocque; many nieces and nephews, great-nieces, greets-nephews and friends.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Todd Orszulak and staff, the 5th floor nurses and staff at Mt. St. Mary's Hospital, the nurses of the Visiting Nurse Association, especially Donnalee Singh and Mary Knight, and the staff of Landmark Care at Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Russ's favorite charity, Catholic Charities of WNY. Friends may call on Thursday from 3-8 PM in the LANE FUNERAL HOME, INC., 8622 Buffalo Avenue. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10 AM in St. John de LaSalle R.C. Church, 8477 Buffalo Avenue. Please assemble at church. Interment private.
Published on July 5, 2016
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