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Russell N. Jaehnig, 53, of Pittsfield

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2024, at 9:30 a.m., at St. Ann’s Church in Lenox. Calling hours will be from 8 to 9:15 a.m. at the Roche Funeral Home. Celebration of life reception will follow the memorial service at the Country Club of Pittsfield.

Russell N. Jaehnig, 53, of Pittsfield, passed away suddenly and peacefully at home on June 20, 2024. He was born on November 4, 1970, in Pittsburgh, Penn., to Robert and Mary Ann (Gerson) Jaehnig. He graduated from North Hills High School in 1989 and the Culinary Institute of America in 1993.

Russell was the executive chef at 21 Federal on Nantucket for over 20 years and most recently employed as executive chef at the Country Club of Pittsfield. Over the years, he achieved much recognition, many culinary accolades, and was featured in a multitude of respected magazines and cookbooks. Russell was most proud of having cooked for so many, whether they were family, friends, or celebrated patrons.

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Russell enjoyed spending time with his girl Jen and his sons Harper and Duke and their close friends. When Russell was around, laughter filled the room with his humorous stories, infectious laughter, and eagerness for fun. He loved playing the piano and the guitar and having his friends and family surround him in song by the bonfire. In his off time, he enjoyed all things Pittsburgh (especially the Steelers), reading, and playing with his boys.

Russell is survived by his wife Jen of 19 years; his sons, Harper and Duke; his mother Mary Ann (Jeffrey) Gerson of Pittsburgh; his father Robert (Kathy) Jaehnig of Michigan; his brothers, Mack (Kim) Jaehnig and Kent (Laura) Jaehnig; his father in-law Bill Bernbeck; his nieces and nephews, Leila and Maya Bernbeck and Finn and Culver Clancy; his brother in-law David (Rima) Bernbeck; his cousin Heather (Jeremiah Clancy) Greene; and many close friends, including Jeremy Schulze, Elisabetta DiPasquale, Leslie VanSchaik, the Kirby, Lanfair, Schnackenberg, and Cotton families.

Russell was beloved by all who knew him and will be sincerely missed.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2024, at 9:30 a.m., at St. Ann’s Church in Lenox. Calling hours will be from 8 to 9:15 a.m. at the Roche Funeral Home, 120 Main Street, Lenox, MA 01240. Celebration of life reception will follow the memorial service at the Country Club of Pittsfield. To share memories and stories, please visit the funeral home’s website.

In lieu of flowers, any donations will go towards supporting the Jaehnig boys as they transition through this difficult time. Donations can be made here or through Roche Funeral Home.

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