Samuel Teolis, Supervisor | Samuel A. Teolis, Funeral Director

Russell H. Yanssens, 63

Russell H. Yanssens, 63, formerly of Ellwood City passed away at his residence in Clintonville, Pa on Thursday, December 14, 2017.

Russell was born on April 10, 1954 in Ellwood City to the late Robert E. and Irene Hudspath Yanssens. He had attended Lincoln High School and the Lillyville Church of God. Russell had worked at ITC Inc. for 7 years and Aikens Refuge for 15 years. He is a member of the Wampum Rod and Gun Club and the NRA. An outdoorsman, Russell enjoyed hunting, and fishing.

He is survived by his daughter PFC Anna Zilka who is stationed at Fort Carson, CO, his sisters Linda Gordon and her companion Jeffrey Killian, and Rebecca (Loren) Hagerman both of Ellwood City, his brothers Robert (Colleen) Yanssens of Ellwood City, Richard (Renee) Yanssens of Kenerdell, Darryl (Cindy) Yanssens, Clifford Yanssens both of Ellwood City, and Preston (Michelle) Yanssens of Kenerdell, several nieces and nephews, many friends,  and his dog Hunter.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law William Gordon.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 3:00pm until the time of the Service at 7:00 pm in the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home, Inc. and Cremation Services. Rev. Dennis Arndt will officiate the service.

Memorial contributions in Russell’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Humane Society.


  • Rob and Erika Gerlach Posted December 15, 2017 7:27 pm

    Our sincerest condolences to the entire Yanssens family and Anna Zilka. May Russell rest in peace.

  • Dawn Caminite Posted December 15, 2017 10:44 pm

    Deepest sympathy to you all. Russell was so good to my Grandmother (Stella). I will always remember his kindness to her. May he rest in peace.

  • Cathy Herman Posted December 16, 2017 4:10 pm

    My friend, glad we got to meet. Thanks for all your kindness.

  • Patti & Bubba Kuhn Posted December 16, 2017 7:16 pm

    To all of the Yanssens family,
    So very sorry to hear about Russell’s passing. He was always so kind and friendly. You have our deepest sympathy.

  • Cheryl D. Posted December 18, 2017 9:58 pm

    I am sorry for your loss. God can comfort the family and help you heal at this difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)
    “God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress.” – Psalm 46:1.

  • Kenny Gates Posted December 20, 2017 7:30 am

    To all of the Yanssens family,
    I give you m y deepest sympathy for the loss of your brother and father. He was always a great worker at ITC and would help anybody. Russ was a great guy and will be greatly missed. God bless you all!

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