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Russell F. Siller
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In memory of
Russell F. Siller
Russell F. Siller, 77 A bright light to all who knew him Russell F. Siller, a rare and genuine Renaissance man, teacher, poet, writer, and athlete, died on Nov. 8, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Russell was born on Aug. 6, 1942, to Mae and George Siller. Like his parents, who were lay Franciscans, Russ embodied the spirit of simple joy and peace of St. Francis. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Jacqueline (Jacky). Russ and Jacky enjoyed many years of traveling abroad. During their travels sometimes they would stay for long periods to volunteer in places like Israel and India. He was a guiding force in the lives of his brothers, Frank (Patricia), George (Glenda) and sisters, Janis (Edward), Mary (James), and Regina (Robert). He was predeceased by his youngest brother, Stephen (survived by Sarah) on September 11, 2001. He was the loving brother-in-law to Michele (Richard) and Denise. He was the most enjoyable and wonderful uncle to 54 nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews, making each one feel precious and special. Russell and Jacky raised Stephen from the age of 10 after the death of his mom and dad. It was in Stephen's memory that Russ helped to start the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. His greatest hope was to "do good" in tribute to his little brother. Upon the foundation's inception it was Russ who suggested that it have as the cornerstone the teaching of St. Francis, "While we have time, let us do good." He has always been the Foundation's spiritual guide and will continue to be so. Russell had a tremendous impact in the lives of many people, in particular his students who often expressed that he changed their lives. Russell's teaching career spanned nearly 50 years, from teaching orphans at St. Michael's orphanage, to 30 years as a high school teacher at St. Peters, Moore High, St. Agnes High School and BOCES. Russell was the director of plays that brought great entertainment to each of these high schools and influenced many of his students into the field. Russell also taught for 15 years at Empire State College as a professor of humanities. His brilliance and insight proved to be a gift to many of his college students. When speaking of Russell, his wife, Jacky, expressed that he was a Christian in every sense of the word, caring for all of humanity. "Russell saw people from the inside, the goodness of people, never judging, always accepting, he knew their soul." Visitation is Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Harmon Funeral Home, Staten Island, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Harmon Funeral Home 571 Forest Ave. Staten Island, N.Y. 10310 (718) 442-5056
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In memory of
Russell F. Siller
Russell F. Siller, 77 A bright light to all who knew him Russell F. Siller, a rare and genuine Renaissance man, teacher, poet, writer, and athlete, died on Nov. 8, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Russell was born on Aug. 6, 1942, to Mae and George Siller. Like his parents, who were lay Franciscans, Russ embodied the spirit of simple joy and peace of St. Francis. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Jacqueline (Jacky). Russ and Jacky enjoyed many years of traveling abroad. During their travels sometimes they would stay for long periods to volunteer in places like Israel and India. He was a guiding force in the lives of his brothers, Frank (Patricia), George (Glenda) and sisters, Janis (Edward), Mary (James), and Regina (Robert). He was predeceased by his youngest brother, Stephen (survived by Sarah) on September 11, 2001. He was the loving brother-in-law to Michele (Richard) and Denise. He was the most enjoyable and wonderful uncle to 54 nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews, making each one feel precious and special. Russell and Jacky raised Stephen from the age of 10 after the death of his mom and dad. It was in Stephen's memory that Russ helped to start the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. His greatest hope was to "do good" in tribute to his little brother. Upon the foundation's inception it was Russ who suggested that it have as the cornerstone the teaching of St. Francis, "While we have time, let us do good." He has always been the Foundation's spiritual guide and will continue to be so. Russell had a tremendous impact in the lives of many people, in particular his students who often expressed that he changed their lives. Russell's teaching career spanned nearly 50 years, from teaching orphans at St. Michael's orphanage, to 30 years as a high school teacher at St. Peters, Moore High, St. Agnes High School and BOCES. Russell was the director of plays that brought great entertainment to each of these high schools and influenced many of his students into the field. Russell also taught for 15 years at Empire State College as a professor of humanities. His brilliance and insight proved to be a gift to many of his college students. When speaking of Russell, his wife, Jacky, expressed that he was a Christian in every sense of the word, caring for all of humanity. "Russell saw people from the inside, the goodness of people, never judging, always accepting, he knew their soul." Visitation is Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Harmon Funeral Home, Staten Island, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Harmon Funeral Home 571 Forest Ave. Staten Island, N.Y. 10310 (718) 442-5056
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