Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Sandra Lynn “Sandy” Russell

Sandra Lynn “Sandy” Russell, age 77, of Shelby, died unexpectedly Saturday, February 10, 2024 at her home.

Sandy was born October 1, 1946 in Shelby to the late Forrest A. and Kathleen (Cashen) DeLong. A 1964 graduate of Shelby High School, Sandy most recently enjoyed spending time with classmates at their monthly luncehon. She also attended cosmetology school following graduation. For many years, Sandy worked at Miami Systems in Shelby and later worked at Broshco Fabricated Products in Mansfield.

Family was so very important to Sandy. She loved her grandchildren deeply and enjoyed attending all their sporting events and activities. More recently, her time was entirely devoted to her great grandchildren and caring for them. Sage, her dog, was certainly family too and was a faithful companion.

Sandy is survived by her children: Scott (Erica) Straker of Crestwood, KY, Beth (Marc) Hartz of Shelby, and Becky Russell (Matt Kropf) of Perrysburg; grandchildren: Alec (Laura Lee) Straker, Whitney (Chandler) Durbin, Nathan Straker, Kaitlyn (Dylan) Osborne, Kearsten Morrison, Zack Hartz, Jaret Straker, Tanner Hartz, and Conner Hartz; great grandchildren: River and Raina Durbin with one more on the way; brothers: Jim (Donna) DeLong of MI and Bill (Kathy) DeLong of AZ; and other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William K. “Bill” Russell on March 6, 2019.

Family and friends are welcome on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 from 5-7 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875. There will be no funeral services.  Online condolences may be made on Sandy’s obituary on the funeral home’s website ( or their Facebook page (


To view Sandy’s tribute video, click here: Sandra Lynn “Sandy” Russell Tribute Video


Memories & Condolence

  1. Jarrod Clabaugh says:

    Beth and family,
    Your mother’s smile was infectious. Her laughter was delightful. Her personality was lively, but it was her love for all of you, all of her grandchildren and her great grandchildren that gave her the greatest joy. No matter when I would run into her, she was always so happy to tell me about the kids and her latest adventures with them. She is with your dad now, and she can watch over all of you. Thank you for sharing her with all of us. I wll miss her ornery smirk and great hugs. All my love, forever, Jarrod.

  2. Kay DeLong Meyers says:

    May Sandy Rest In Peace.

    Your cousin

    Kay DeLong Meyers

  3. Roxanne Biller says:

    Sorry to hear of Sandy’s passing, I didn’t know her that well but she seemed like such a good grandmother and great grandmother.
    Sending hugs and prayers out to her granddaughters Whitney, Kaitlyn and Kearsten. And to her family.
    Roxanne Biller

  4. Shirley Robbins says:

    So sorry for the loss of your Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother-she will be deeply missed. By all your great pictures she was a beautiful caring person to her friends and family.

  5. Jo Ann Andrews says:

    SO sorry to hear of Sandy’s padding. Such a nice Lady. Gone to soon. Condolences to the family.

  6. Susan Terman Hootman says:

    Sandy’s family, you will not know me, but I was a friend of your mother’s in high school. We loved to dance and sing and do beehive hairdo’s. Golly, we would have so much fun going to dance’s in Seltzer Park on Friday night, the Eagle’s on Saturday night, and the Moose on Mondays! this was summer’s in Shelby and then there were sleepovers. I am so very sorry for your loss, but your mom was a joy in my life!

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