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Ella L. (Cogar) Zapf Russell, age 67 of Mentor on the Lake, died Thursday May 18, 2017 at home with her husband by her side. She lived a life full of courageous battles, that she fought head on. She loved her family, friends and extended community family that she was a part of. Those who helped her along her way were very important to her and she was grateful.

Survivors include her husband of 26 years James; children: Robert Russell, Michael (Heather) Russell; grandchildren: Emily & Gregory Russell; siblings: Doris (Terry) Palinkas, Linda (Jim Hull) Cogar, Michael Cogar and sister in law Marilyn Cogar. She had many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews that she adored. She loved her family, friends, animals, crossword puzzles, and country music. She was a quiet, private person with a big heart.

Preceding Ella in death is her parents: Noah and Velma Cogar and her brother David Cogar.

A celebration of Ella's life will be 2 pm Tuesday May 23, 2017 at the Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 8466 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH 44060, where the family will receive friends from 1-2 pm on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH, 44110.

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