Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Amy Therese Seitz Russell

Amy Therese Seitz Russell, 67, of rural Bellevue, died on December 30, 2021, at The Bellevue Hospital, following a brief illness.

Amy was born October 18, 1954, to Lloyd and Jeannette (Kempf) Seitz, Jr., in Shelby, Ohio. She was the valedictorian of the 1973 graduating class of Plymouth High School. After that, she worked full-time at the Shelby Mutual Insurance Company, earning a promotion to the position of Underwriter in a short time.  Over the years, she was also employed part-time by Turner Funeral Home, American Greetings, M&M Greeting Card Sales, and Providence Care Center.  She enjoyed the greeting card business and wrote many of the verses for best-selling Avanti cards, as well as doing free-lance writing for several publications, along with being a top-notch proofreader. She also cultivated several cottage industries over the years, her most recent being the design and making of Abacus Kitchen Rosaries.

She studied and completed the Toledo Diocese Lay Ministry Formation classes and was active in several parishes and at the Sorrowful Mother Shrine.  Amy had an unbounded love for proclaiming the Word of the Lord as a lector at weekend masses.

On October 2, 1976, she married Richard Russell, and they began their many adventures as a married couple, first purchasing a house in Shelby, then buying and moving to her childhood home in Plymouth Township. Their adventures continued when they moved to her beautiful log cabin in the woods in Sherman Township, Huron County, in 2008, where she resided until her death.

Amy is survived by her husband of 45 years, Richard Russell, of Sherman Township, and her most wonderful son (as she always described him), Benjamin Russell, of Austin, TX.  She is also survived by her sister, Ann Tucker, of Maysville, KY, and by a brother Daniel (Darlene) Seitz, of Shelby.  Also, by two sisters-in-law, Dianne (Chris Nichols) Russell of Maryland, and Karen (Gary) Holt, of Hilliard, OH.  Other surviving family members include many nieces, nephews, cousins, and aunts and uncles.

She was preceded in death by her parents, several cousins, aunts and uncles, and by her brother-in-law, Sam Tucker, and her niece, Jill Tucker Colman.

Calling hours will be observed from 4 pm to 7 pm on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at St. Gaspar Del Buffalo Church, 16209 Co Rd 46, Bellevue, where a rosary will be recited at 7 pm. Her funeral mass will be held at the church on Thursday, January 6, 2021 beginning at 10:30 am with Fr. John Missler celebrating. Burial will follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Thompson Township, near the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Gaspar Church, Sorrowful Mother Shrine, Bellevue, or Abigail Pregnancy Services, Norwalk.

Care for Amy and her family is being provided by the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Appropriate ways to express sympathy for those unable to attend may be done by leaving an online condolence at or by leaving a comment on Amy’s obituary on the funeral home’s Facebook page,

To view Amy’s tribute video, click on this link provided:

Memories & Condolence

  1. Ed and Jean Russell says:

    We are very sorry to learn of Amy’s passing. May she rest in peace.

  2. Pam Briner Hugel says:

    Richard and the Russell Family,
    I am so sorry for the loss of Amy. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  3. richard says:

    To the family sorry for you loss

  4. steph wells mulvane says:

    Sorry for your loss.. She was a great person to talk to

  5. Fran Miller says:

    Richard & Ben… so very shocked and saddened to hear of Amy’s death. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Pamela Rinehart says:

    Rick and Ben , my heart breaks for you both. May God’s angels comfort you now and the days that are ahead. Will be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Amy was such an amazing Lady! May she now be in God’s Kingdom flying with the Angels.

  7. Mark and Holly Korbas says:

    Richard and Ben,
    This absolutely broke my heart when I heard of Amy’s passing. She was such a sweet, kind and interesting person! There are so many cherished high school memories when I think of her! Prayers to your family and we will keep you close to our hearts.

  8. Jonathan and Beverly Morgan says:

    Richard and Ben….we are so sorry to hear of Amy’s passing. You are in our prayers

  9. Kenny Edgeson says:

    Rich and family sorry for your loss. Amy was such a wonderful person. Grew up with her and rode many years together on the old yellow school bus. Was truly honored and blessed to have known her. Even though I hadn’t seen her in probably 30 years or so I could never forget that smile! Heaven definitely gained another Angel!!!

  10. Diane Miller Dove says:

    Richard and family, Dan and Ann,. I was saddened to hear of Amy’s passing. She was the smartest person in our class and one of the kindest people I knew. It’s such a shame we all lost touch after graduation. It sounds like Amy had an amazing life! I’m certain she blessed everyone around her. My mother worked with Amy and with Lloyd @ the Shelby mutual. I know she’ll live in your hearts and memories forever. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Diane (Miller) Dove

  11. Belinda Runyon says:

    I am so saddened to hear of Amy’s passing. She was a very special person who I was fortunate to have as a friend at school. My prayers go out to her family.

  12. Chad Stumbo says:

    Sorry for your loss.

  13. Janet Scheid says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  14. Regina Travis says:

    Richard and Ben: Although we have not seen each other in seven years you know that I am Sam Tucker’s sister. Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss of this wonderful woman. I remember when she and Dan sang at Jill and Ron’s wedding. I did not know her other involvement with church activities were so many. May God carry the two of you as you grieve this loss.

  15. Stephanie Fulton says:

    Richard and Ben,
    I’m so sorry and shocked to hear of Amy’s passing. God received a beautiful Angel. Prayers to you both. Know she is with you always.

  16. Edna Albright says:

    I was so saddened to learn of Amy’s passing way too early in life. I was her high school math teacher. What a delightful student!!! Her kindness, interests and talents just continued to grow. What a wonderful family! Peace and comfort to you.

  17. Nancy & Bernie Kessler says:

    Richard and Ben, I was shocked to hear of Amy’s passing. If there is anything we can do, please don’t hesitate to ask. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace and God bless you.

  18. Wayne Oney says:

    So sorry for your loss Richard. It’s extremely hard too lose your soul mate. Prayers for you and your family. God Bless

  19. Wayne Oney says:

    So sorry for your loss Richard. It’s extremely hard too lose your soul mate at any age. Our thought and prayers go out to you. May God Bless you.

  20. Ruth Ann Barberand Dustin Barber says:

    I was so surprised and sadden to hear of Amy’s passing. Such a beautiful soul, gone to soon. Hugs and prayers to Richard and Ben.

  21. Steve and Linda Trosley says:

    Richard and Ben: So sorry and sad to hear about Amy’s passing. Can’t imagine how hard it must be for you. Wish we could have been there for you — had we’d known, we would have trekked across Ohio. May God be with you at this difficult time.

  22. James And Cathy Miller says:

    Richard and Ben We are So Very Sorry to hear of the Loss of Your Wife and Mother. Keeping You and Ben in Our Thoughts and Prayers. God Bless.

  23. David Egner says:

    Richard and Ben: Barb and I were shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Amy. She will always be remembered as a sweet and caring servant of the Lord. As Kenny said; Heaven definitely gained another Angel! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  24. Deb Love says:

    To all of Amy’s family….I was so saddened to hear of Amy’s passing…she was one of the nicest people I ever knew and always had a smile for you…Amy and I went through grade school together at Plymouth Elem and often rode the same school bus….She will be greatly missed…I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers…May your love, faith, and wonderful memories comfort you during this difficult time

  25. Ernie&Kathy Ebersole says:

    Richard&Ben So sorry for your loss, may you find peace knowing she is with her loved one. All our Love & Prayers

  26. Sharon Houseworth says:

    Richard and Ben So sorry for your loss. I went to Parish ministry with Amy. Spending 5 years in the car going back and forth. The many classes we took. What a beautiful woman inside and out. May God wrap his arms around you at this time and bring you some comfort in your saddness

  27. Chris and Jennifer Kempf says:

    Richard and Ben. We are so sorry for your loss. Amy was such a sweetheart and I can’t remember a time she didn’t have a smile on her face. Please let us know if you need anything, anything at all. God bless.

  28. Polly Cornell says:

    Richard, Ben and all of Amy’s family, I am so sorry and saddened to hear of Amy’s passing. She was a special friend throughout my school years and at Shelby Mutual and someone I always considered a dear friend even when we didn’t see each other often. She enjoyed life and made the most of it…she was a kind and caring person and we all lost someone who made this world a better place. She will be missed. May your memories and her love for you bring you comfort. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  29. Peggy Case says:

    Mr. Russell and Ben, please,accept my condolences. I know you through newspaper and my grand daughter, Maggie Bacon, was a friend of Ben. May memories, family and friends comfort you.

  30. Sue Boose says:

    I am so sad to hear this news. She was a sweet person and I know she will be greatly missed. You all have my sincerest condolences.

  31. Jeffrey and Sarah Holt says:

    For all of Amy’s family and friends, we are so sorry to hear of her passing. Richard, Ben, and all family, you are in our prayers and hearts. You are all in God’s hands.

  32. Richard Latham says:

    Mr. Russell and Ben – I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Amy’s service to her community, family, and God is a testament to the amazing life that she led. You are both in my thoughts and prayers.

  33. Dave Phipps says:

    On behalf of all of us at Avanti Press Greeting cards in Detroit, to the family and friends of Amy, we are saddened by this loss. Many of us worked with Amy when she was a sales rep for M&M Sales and more recently as one of the people contributing verse ideas for our greeting cards. Amy was also a consistently positive voice on our Facebook page and winner of many, many of our weekly caption contests.

  34. jerry harrington says:

    Dear Richard and Ben, Amy will be remembered as a smiling warm quiet personality, who brought light to a room. Your were blessed with a great one. Peace be with you, Jerry and Molly Harrington

  35. Alan dininger says:

    I knew Amy we were in 1st grade together she was a sweet lady sorry for your loss

  36. Roy and Cindy Pullum says:

    Richard, Ben and family,
    Such sad news to hear about Amy’s passing. Amy was a friend to all and always had a smile on her face. A very kind, caring, smart individual who is gone way too soon. May God Bless you and bring you peace in the days ahead. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  37. Rob Parrigan says:

    Karen, So sorry to read about your sister in law. She did so well throughout her life. Hope you are healthy and doing well. Rob Parrigan

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