Sharon Lea Russell
Date of Birth
August 20, 1940
Entered into Rest
May 6, 2023
Ashland, Nebraska
Funeral Service Directions

Monday, May 15, 2023 ~ 10:30 a.m.
Riverview Community Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska
Interment at Ashland Cemetery ~ Ashland, Nebraska

Visitation Directions

Monday, May 15, 2023 ~ 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Riverview Community Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska


In care of the family

Sharon Lea Russell, 82, of Ashland, NE, entered into rest on Saturday, May 6, 2023 at Azria Health in Ashland, NE.  She was born August 20, 1940 in Anselmo, NE to Newell and Josephine (Burton) Leibhart.  Sharon graduated from Merna High School in 1958 and Southeast Community College with a degree in Radiologic Technology.  On January 29, 1960, Sharon was married to Roger Russell in Winner, SD.

Sharon worked as a Mammography Tech at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln, NE.  Through St. Elizabeth Hospital, Sharon helped start the Southeast Nebraska Mobile Mammography Services.  She led Bible studies for the Christian Women’s Club, and she coordinated funeral lunches for the Lincoln Berean Church.  Sharon enjoyed being Mrs. Claus and reading to the children of AG Elementary school during Christmas and she loved dancing with her husband and high school sweetheart, Roger.

She is survived by husband of 63 years, Roger Russell; children, Sherrie Benson, Wayne (Edie) Russell and Pam (Mike) Przybysz; 10 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; sister, Cheryl (Gene) Harmon; brother-in-law, John Bowley; sister-in-law, Jeanne Leibhart; many other family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Newell and Josephine Leibhart; brothers, Clair Leibhart and Keith Leibhart; sister, Kay Bowley.

Condolences for Sharon Lea Russell
  1. Shirley Vickinovac
    • May 9, 2023 - 12 months ago

    Our heartfelt condolences Pam and family. So sorry for your loss. Love you! Shirley and Matt

  2. Jim and Kelly Spahn
    • May 11, 2023 - 12 months ago

    It’s hard to believe she’s gone. Sharon was so dear to us. We’re very sorry for your loss. Please know that we’re grieved that we can’t be there to honor her life. You’re in our prayers and Sharon will remain in our hearts forever. Sending our love to you and your families. Love you, Jim and Kelly. 💕

  3. Susie and Paul Boscarino
    • May 15, 2023 - 11 months ago

    Paul and I are thinking of you and send our heartfelt sympathy, Pam, on the passing of your Mom. Sending love and prayers to you, Mike and your entire family.
    Susie and Paul Boscarino

  4. Mary Roncka
    • May 15, 2023 - 11 months ago

    Dear Pam & family,
    My sincere condolences in the passing of your Mother, Grandmother & Great Grandmother. Moms are the hardest to lose – prayers and blessings to you and all your family.

    Mary Roncka

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