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2643 Old Bridge Rd
Manasquan, NJ 08736
Phone: (732) 528-5500
Bernadette Russell

Bernadette M. Russell

Monday, December 6th, 1948 - Saturday, November 21st, 2020
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Bernadette (Bonnie) Margaret Russell was born December 6, 1948 in Orange, NJ and grew up in Newark, NJ. Bonnie resided in Toms River, NJ where she raised her beautiful family. She retired from the Asbury Park Press, where she enjoyed an accomplished 25-year career. Bonnie passed away peacefully on November 21, 2020 in her home.

Bonnie was predeceased by her parents, Donald and Catherine Russell, and her brother Dennis Russell. Bonnie is survived by her daughter Colleen Verriest, fiancé Chris Gallagher and grandson Declan Gallagher, her daughter Meghan Soheily, son-in-law Soltan Soheily, and grandsons Owen Soheily and Grayson Soheily, her siblings, Patricia Lima, Donald Russell, Cathy Russell, Timothy Russell, and Gail Ellison.

Bonnie, also known as “Nanny” to her precious grandsons, beamed with the pride she had for her daughters and grandsons. Her devotion to her family was beyond measure. Bonnie was a bright light in this world, a living example of unconditional love, generosity, joy, patience, and forgiveness. She has been our shelter in the storm, our cheerleader on the sidelines, our angel on earth and now in heaven. If you knew Bonnie, you loved her and immediately felt comfort in her presence. Her soulful laughter, the warmth of her embrace, and her gentle kiss on our cheeks will forever be missed and etched in our hearts forever.

Arrangements are under the care of Orender Family Home for Funerals, Manasquan. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. To send condolences please visit
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nancy zipfel

Posted at 09:01am
With our deepest sympathy to Meghan and Colleen and the entire Russell family. Our hearts are broken to hear of Bonnie's passing. She will be greatly missed. What a warm and kind soul she was. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Love, Nancy and Jeff Pagliuca

Linda Hopta

Posted at 01:19pm
Our heart felt sympathy to Meghan and Colleen and the rest of this beautiful family. The love she had for her girls and grandchildren was extraordinary. We are heartbroken and in shock and will miss her terribly. Another angel in heaven to look after the family .. until we meet again.

Bob and Linda Hopta

Nicole Kearney

Posted at 04:23pm
Bonnie was one of my favorite people at the Press. She was a mentor and friend. Just to see her smile every time she spoke of her family, would make you smile! Her family meant the absolute world to her. I will miss her very much. My deepest condolences to her family. My heart and prayers are with you.

Lori Miller

Posted at 08:32pm
I am so very sorry. Bonnie was very special to me. She was a little spitfire! A tough yet fair boss, a friend & a mother and grandmother whose face lit up when she spoke of her family! I have been thinking about her a lot lately and to hear this was such a shock. Sending love and strength to all of you.

Marie Tuohy

Posted at 01:33pm
To Colleen, Meghan and all of Bonnie’s family, I am so very sorry for your loss, this is a big one. Knowing how fiercely she loved you I can only imagine your pain. Please accept my condolences and may your memories of her bring you comfort. She was by far my favorite boss and I too morn with you for the loss of someone so vibrant.

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