Aviva Russek – Everything to Know about NFL Star Leonard Williams’ Mother

By RayPublished on: August 16, 2023 Updated on: February 15, 2024
Birthday August 28, 1974
Birthplace Encino, California
Age 49 years
Son Leonard Williams
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Aviva Russek is the mother of the Seattle Seahawks defensive end, Leonard Williams. Besides, Russek is a registered nurse, currently working in Orlando, Florida. Due to the increasing popularity of her son Leonard, people have become curious to know about his mother and the relationship between the duo.

Let’s find out all the details about Aviva Russek in the sections below.

Aviva Russek’s Birthday, Parents, and Early Life

Russek was born on August 28, 1974, in Encino, California to mother Heidi Rasha Wisotsky and father David G. Russek. While her father’s profession is still unclear, her mother was an oil painting artist.

She grew up in her hometown with her two siblings; older brother Dov Russek and sister Melissa Russek. While Dov was an artist and musician, her younger sister, Melissa works at Hard Rock Hotel in Daytona Beach.

Aviva was young when her parents divorced and she along with her siblings started living with her mother following their separation. Following the divorce, her mother, Heidi got married to James Provenzano in 1996 in a beautiful wedding. The couple spent 16 years together until Heidi’s death.

Her Mother Died In 2012

Aviva’s mother Heidi passed away on February 1, 2012, at the age of 58. She is survived by her daughters, husband, and grandchildren. Heidi’s funeral was arranged by the Lohman Funeral Homes.

Russek’s Older Brother Died in 2023

Her big brother, Dov died at the age of 50 on February 11, 2023. The cause of his death wasn’t revealed by his family. Dov(Dovidito), born December 4, 1972, in Encino, California, was an artist and musician. He studied HVAC/R Technology at Altahama Technical College and completed his high school in North Hollywood.

Aviva Russek's older brother Dov Russek died in 2023
Aviva Russek’s older brother Dov Russek died in 2023 at the age of 50

Dov was married to Sammi Russek on August 16, 2019. Prior to this, he was married to Ovid MI with whom he had two children.

Aviva Russek Is A Single Mother Of Five

Russek’s married life is not talked about much in the media. She was previously married to Clenon Williams, however, pretty little about their marriage is known. Nevertheless, her marriage to Williams produced five children; Nathan Jones (34 years old), Natasha Russek (30), Leonard Williams (29), Alexander Williams (27), and Andrew Williams (17).

As we said, there’s little to no info on Aviva and her ex-husband Clenon’s relationship, however, it appears as if her ex-husband was abusive to her. We can tell this because Russek had filed a report on her then-husband over domestic violence in Volusia County, Florida, in December 2005. As per the report, the case was dismissed after the hearing.

Russek with her five children
Russek with her five children

Moreover, Clenon was arrested by police over several charges, including robbery with a deadly weapon in 2008, and was jailed subsequently. After Clenon’s imprisonment, Aviva raised her single-handedly. She regularly had to work double shifts as a nurse to make ends meet.

Like all other mothers, she always put her children’s wants before her and it finally paid off indeed. All of her children have acknowledged their mom’s sacrifice and have always praised her. As a matter of fact, Leonard said that “his mom’s strength kept him on the straight and narrow during tough times,” in 2018.

Aviva Divorced Clenon Williams Shortly after His Sentence

Russek remained married to Williams for years before she finally decided to end her marriage. Back in 2015, she revealed she divorced the father of her five children in 2009, shortly after his imprisonment. Though not revealed, Williams’ abusive behavior and his addiction to drugs could be the reason for their divorce.

She didn’t remain in contact with Clenon after their divorce, however, she said her children were always in touch with him. She said Leonard used to talk to his father on the phone twice a month when the latter was in his cell.

As a matter of fact, the mother of five said Clenon had his issues, but he “was the great father to his boys.”

Her Ex-Husband Spent 10 Years In Jail

Clenon Lee Williams III was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2008 at the Marion Correctional Institute, Florida. He was scheduled to be released on Nov. 1, 2019, however, he got out in October 2018 at the age of 51. After his release, he was seen attending his son’s match against Miami Dolphins in November 2018. The father-son duo was also seen posing for some photos at the event.

Aviva's son Leonard and her ex-husband Clenon Williams at an NFL match
Aviva’s son Leonard and her ex-husband Clenon Williams at an NFL match

As a matter of fact, it was the first incident when Clenon witnessed his son play an NFL match. Aviva didn’t attend the match due to her nursing shift.

Aviva’s Net Worth

It’s not clear how much Aviva has as her net worth, however, it’s speculated that she has a net worth close to $100k. On the other hand, her son Leonard earns well from his NFL career as well as from promotions, brand deals, and endorsements. As of 2023, he has a net worth of $10 million.

Where Is Aviva Russek Now?

She currently resides in Orlando, Florida. She is a registered nurse and currently working for OB-GYN in Greater Orlando, Florida.

Additionally, her ex-husband Clenon also resides in Florida near her. Their son Leonard helped his father settle near his mother’s residence.

About Author: Ray

As a passionate writer and dedicated NFL enthusiast, Ray brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the world of football. With a focus on NFL players and WAGs, Ray dives deep into the stories, lives, and careers of these incredible athletes. With a keen eye for detail and a knack for storytelling, Ray captures the essence of the NFL world, exploring the lives of players, and their family members.