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Russell J. Wirnsberger, 79, of Lewisburg, passed away on Sunday, July 23, 2017, at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, Lewisburg.
He was born Aug. 31, 1937, in Milwaukee, Wis., a son of the late Joseph E. and Shirley (Paska) Wirnsberger. On March 18, 1961, he married the former Rita M. Jazwiecki who survives. They celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary this year.

Russell was a 1955 graduate of the Rufus King High School, Milwaukee. He went on and obtained his bachelor's degree in 1959, from UW - LaCrosse. After several years Russell finally earned his master's in 1979 in administration from U.W. - Milwaukee.
He was employed as a teacher/coach and retired from Greer, S.C. in 1990.
He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Greer, S.C., and a Mason as a Grand Master and was involved with the fellowship of Christian athletes.
Russell enjoyed golfing, reading, collecting books, model railroading, and was a avid Wisconsin sports fan, especially the Packers.

In addition to his wife, Rita, he is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, John R. and Jeri Wirnsberger, of Panama City, Fla., David E. and Sharon Wirnsberger, of Taylors, S.C., and Daniel J. and Dana Wirnsberger, of Lewisburg; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Deborah A. Blancarte, of Overland Park, Kan., Susan F. and James Earle, of Montclair, N.J., Mary S. Dartez, of Lafayette, La., and Rebecca J. and Timothy Hoch, of Charlotte, N.C.; 20 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Russell was preceded in death by one brother, Thomas E. Wirnsberger.

Services for Russell will be held privately and at the convenience to the family at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rita M. Wirnsberger at 340 JPM Road, Apt 108, Lewisburg, PA 17837, to help offset funeral costs.

Arrangements for Russell are being handled by Dale Ranck Cremation & Funeral Care, 125 N. Front St., Milton.
Send online condolences at HeffnerCare.com.
Published on July 24, 2017
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