In My Life: Celebrating Russell


Plainfield, Ill. resident Russell Gotsch could light up any room with his smile.

His positive and personable attitude and happy-go-lucky nature made him a favorite to those that knew him best.

“Russ loved to dance and listen to music,” remarked Russ’ brother Norm. “He loved The Beatles and The Beach Boys and other rock bands popular in the ‘60s. He wore out many records by listening to them constantly.”

In September, Russ passed away at the age of 62 but his enduring spirit lives on.

In honor of Russ and the support he received for several years at Bethesda, the Gotsch family gave a $25,000 matching gift to Bethesda. The gift was applied to Bethesda’s recent #GivingTuesday campaign that was held November 4, which doubled any amount received to provide more independence and opportunity for someone like Russ who lived with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“Through the support of caring donors, like the Gotsch family, Bethesda programs and services help thousands of people, said Katey Higgins, director of development for Bethesda. “At our programs in Plainfield as well as our locations throughout Illinois, and across the country, our goal is to help each person make choices, set goals and enrich their lives so they can live in the home they choose and access the supports they desire. We help our friends realize a greater sense of independence and a closer connection to their community.”

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