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Anita Elizabeth Russell-Zaser
February 29, 1952 – August 24, 2009


Medina, Wash. – Anita Elizabeth Russell-Zaser Passed away late Monday night, August 24, after a short and brave battle with cancer.  She was born in Salem on February 29, 1952.  Anita grew up in Sublimity and attended St. Boniface Elementary School, Regis High School and Stayton Union High School.  After studying at Oregon State University, she attended Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California  where she graduated in 1976.  Following her graduation, she had a successful career in Los Angeles, and later relocated to Bellevue, Washington, a suburb of Seattle and continued her professional career in commercial photography.

On May 5, 1984 Anita married Greg Zaser, a native of Bellevue.  They made their home in Medina, Washington where Anita focused much of her time contributing to her community while continuing to pursue her interests in photography.  Anita and Greg have two wonderful girls, Lauren, 19 and Kelsey, 16.  Having been an extensive traveler in both the United States and abroad, Anita had seen the world with her family.  Anita was an involved parent in her girls’ schools where she volunteered regularly and throughout the community.  Through her involvement in both the schools and the community, she built many friendships and touched the lives of so many.

She is survived by her husband, Greg: and daughters, Lauren and Kelsey.  Her parents, Gene and Velma Russell, still live in Sublimity along with her sister, Arlene (John) Bischoff, Dennis (Kathy) Russell.  Her other siblings include Daryl Russell, Lea (John) Meldrum, Lori (Todd) Preimsberg and Judy (Ed) Vandehey.  Anita has many nieces and nephews as well.

Rosary and viewing will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 31 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Sublimity.  The funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. on September 1 also at St. Boniface.  Interment will be at St. Boniface Cemetery.  Donations can be made to cancer research.  Arrangements by North Santiam Funeral Service.


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