Russell Gerard Cresson
Russell Gerard Cresson
  • February 13, 1921 - April 23, 2017
  • Metairie, Louisiana

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Russell Gerard Cresson, age 96, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at his home on Sunday, April 23, 2017 after an extended illness. Devoted and beloved husband for 66 years of Claire Montelepre Cresson, whom he affectionately referred to as “Prec,” short for “precious.” Together they had 9 children: Russell G. Cresson, Jr. (deceased), Kathleen Cresson, Guy G. Cresson, DDS (Pam), Gregory J. Cresson, M.D. (deceased), Diane Schwing (Adrian), Mary Kay Enger (Dan), Jeanne Ineich (Joe), John E. Cresson (Cathe), and Russell J. Cresson, DDS (Denean); 22 grandchildren: Jeffrey Cresson; Erica Cross; Danny, Rusty, Michael, Chris, and Mary Enger; Gregory, Mary Claire, Michael, and Patrick Schwing; Claire Abide, Paul and Danny Ineich; John, Caroline, Joseph, and Jacob Cresson; Guy and Elise Cresson; Rusty and Julia Cresson; and 5 great-grandchildren: Andrew Cross; Olivia, Gregory, and Emma Cresson; and McKenzie Abide. Russ was predeceased in death by his parents Leila Flynn and John Raymond Cresson, and his siblings Doris Bernard and Raymond and William Cresson. He is also survived by his many nieces and nephews.

Russ served his country during World War II in the Pacific with the U. S. Navy, and was commissioned as a Chief Petty Officer. He was a graduate of Warren Easton High School and Loyola University and was a baseball letterman. He sincerely loved Loyola University and the Jesuits serving as the school’s long-time photographer for over 40 years. The feelings were reciprocated when Loyola awarded him its Co-Adjutor Optimus Award as a Distinguished Employee in 1983, its Adjutor Honorum Award as its alumnus of the year in 2004, and the St. Sebastian Award in 2007, awarded to an athlete who exhibits outstanding charitable, community, civic, and spiritual service to humanity. When he resided in Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, he served as principal of the CCD high school, lector, pastoral council member, and ran the stewardship campaign. He was a longtime co-captain at the Manresa House of Retreats.

Russ was an everyday philosopher, a wise and honorable man, who loved to talk and share stories with all he encountered. He is lovingly remembered by the thousands of couples whose wedding photos he shot throughout the years, the many students he met while working at Loyola, and the Jesuits. Russ touched the lives of many and will be missed by all.

Friends and family are invited to the visitation on Friday, April 28 at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. from 5-8 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. Visitation on Saturday will begin at 12:00 p.m. at St. Dominic Church, 775 Harrison Avenue followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow in Metairie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Loyola University in Russell Cresson’s name or to the Sister Servants of Mary, 5001 Perlita Street, New Orleans, LA 70122. The family would especially like to thank Russ’ compassionate caregivers: The Sister Servants of Mary, Phyllis Schleismann, Irma Harris, and Lawrence Caillouet.