Jana L. Russell, 36

-MARCH 4, 2013

April 20, 2013
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Jana Lyn Russell, 36, of Hagerstown, Md., and Edina, Minn., died Monday, March 4, 2013, peacefully at home surrounded by family.

A precious child, Jana was the light of her family and many extended friends.

At the age of 2, she was diagnosed with a tumor on her brain stem and bravely withstood surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments.

Despite the challenges brought on by surviving childhood cancer, Jana was ever-present with her mother in the ballet studio, in her leotard and at the barre, reminding us all that life is to be lived fully and without regrets.

Jana was preceded in death by her loving father, Ray E. Russell Sr.; and grandparents, Laurence and Lareta Brown.

She is survived by her lifelong advocate, courageous caregiver and loving mother, Carolou Brown Russell; brothers, Rick (Maggie) Fiery of Boston, Mass., and Brad (Kerry) Fiery of Edina; sister, Jeanne Williams of Allentown, Pa.; nieces, Ashley, Sarah, Kaitlyn and Elle; nephews, Chris, Scott and David; and many ballet friends.

An angel on loan to us, Jana will be forever missed.

The family thanks the many devoted friends and teachers who touched Jana's life, especially those at Pikeside Vocational School, Betty Barger, Ms. Miller and Mr. Edwards.

Services have been held.

Memorials may be made to Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare Adult Unit (

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