Stephen John Russell ’82 was born in Oakland on Jan. 4, 1965, and served as director of the Altar Servers of St. Justin’s Parish Community in Santa Clara from 1980 to 2019. He was awarded the St. Pius X award for service from the Diocese of San Jose and was an accountant at the Diocese of San Jose and tax preparer for H&R Block. Steve graduated from SCU and Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose. Steve completed the Institute for Leadership in Ministry in the Diocese and was an active leader in his parish of St. Justin’s (member of Parish Council and Stablemates). All who knew Steve said he was the nicest and kindest person they have ever met. Steve entered eternity on April 28, 2019. Beloved father of Justin Stephen Pineda Russell, Alan James Pineda Zabala, and Harry John Pineda Zabala, brother of Mary Russell Nuttall, nephew of Jane-Marguerite Russell, uncle to Sabrina Nuttall and Sean Nuttall, grandfather of Alex Zabala, Noah Zabala, Tai Zabala, and Hailee Zabala, and beloved fiancé of Doreen Sasser Van Tuyl. Steve joins in heaven parents Jack Russell J.D. ’74 and Bonnie Briggs Russell and grandparents John and Carmen Russell. He is cherished by his family, friends, and altar servers of St. Justin’s.

21 Aug 2019