Nancy C Rusch
May 1, 1932 - Mar. 12, 2019
Chilton, WI
Funeral Service:
Friday, Mar. 15, 2019
4:00 pm
Ebenezer United Church of Christ
44 W Washington St
Chilton, WI 53014
Funeral Visitation:
Friday, Mar. 15, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ebenezer United Church of Christ
44 W Washington St
Chilton, WI 53014
Burial Service:
Monday, Mar. 18, 2019
10:00 am
Potter (Rantoul) EUB Cemetery
W874 Riverview Rd
Chilton, WI 53014
Nancy C Rusch
Chilton, WI

Nancy C. Rusch, age 86, of Chilton, died on March 12, 2019, at Century Ridge in Chilton. She was born in Green Bay on May 1, 1932, daughter of the late Mitchell and Ermgard Stanelle. On June 24, 1954, she married Arthur Rusch, Jr., in Forest Junction and together they had four children.

Nancy was a very positive person and had lots of love to give - except for cats, dogs, and broccoli. She had the hardest jobs in life: wife, mother, teacher, and farmer, but still managed to live life to the fullest and give herself to others. She was a member of the Ebenezer United Church of Christ, in Chilton, where she was also a part of the Women’s Guild, a Sunday School teacher, church school superintendent, choir member, and church teller. She volunteered at the Toth Nursing Home in Chilton. She was part of the Calumet Farm Bureau, the Calumet County Homemakers Club, and was a 4H Leader. Nancy and Arthur loved to get together with others to play Sheepshead and other card games. 

Nancy enjoyed her life at home and abroad. She was a great crafter and did lots of work in ceramics, needlepoint, quilting, and embroidery. She was an excellent cook and baker; she loved cooking for the family and she always had a stash of bars, cookies, or pies ready for any surprise visit. Her family remembers her infectious laugh and how she truly enjoyed life to the fullest. She loved watching sports, whether it be the professionals on television or her kids and grandkids at their schools. She travelled with Arthur all over the United States and the world, including trips to the Philippines, Japan, Germany, France, England, Mexico, and Canada. Closer to home, she was happy taking a boat ride for a lap around Long Lake and then sitting in a chair on the shore watching everyone swim and ski.  

Nancy is survived by her children: Paul (Cathy) Rusch, Gail (Pam) Rusch-Maier, Mark (Ann) Rusch, and Ann (Ken) Braasch; grandchildren: Simona (Rob) Pero, Stephanie (Nick) O’Malley, Craig Rusch, Aaron Rusch-Maier, Nicholas Rusch-Maier, Melissa (Adam) Kleinschmit, Matthew (Danielle) Rusch, Sara (Josh) Harn, Brian (Erin) Rusch, Douglas Rusch, Gwynne (Bryan) Carroll, and Vanessa Braasch (special friend, Brian St. Aubin); great-grandchildren: Aubrie Pero, Alyssa Pero, Kai Pero, Jovie Pero, Madilyn O’Malley, Abigail O’Malley, Ryland Kleinschmit, Levi Rusch, Eden Rusch, Silas Rusch, Lucy Harn, Violet Harn, Milena Harn, Roman Harn, Collin Rusch, Dylan Rusch, Mason Rusch, Riley Carroll, and Aidan Carroll; sisters: Charlotte Ott, Karen (Glenn) Fischer, and Joy (Rich) Kramer; sister-in-law: Juliann Stache; brothers-in-law: Merlin Rusch and Walter Krueger; and many nieces and nephews.

Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur; her parents: Mitchell and Ermgard; her mother- and father-in-law: Arthur, Sr. and Rosella Rusch; sister: Naomi Krueger; sister-in-law: Ginny Rusch; and brother-in-law: Melvin Stache. 

Funeral services are set for 4:00pm on Friday, March 15, 2019, at Ebenezer United Church of Christ (44 W. Washington St.) in Chilton, with Pastor Michael Safford-Kennedy presiding. Friends may call at the church from 2:00pm until 4:00pm on the day of service. The burial service will be held on Monday, March 18 at 10am at Rantoul EUB Cemetery.  

The family thanks Century Ridge Assisted Living and Calumet County Hospice for their excellent care and support.

“We will miss your infectious laugh and your unwavering love and support.” ~ Your family
Our sympathy to Nancy's family and May she rest in peace. Always had time to talk to you and have known her since our 4-H days.

Art and Joyce Kopf - Mar. 16, 2019

It was wonderful growing up in the same neighborhood as Art and Nancy! There was more than one summer Saturday morning when I would awake to Nancy’s laughter as she chatted with my parents outside while on one of her morning walks. My brother and I always made sure we went Trick-or-Treating at their house because Nancy made the most incredible pumpkin shaped cutout cookies! Nancy, you’re back with Art and making heaven an even happier place!

Jessica (Lemke) Angell - Mar. 14, 2019

I have so many fond memories of Nancy and Art.
I remember Art always coming into the kitchen at Ebenezer to sample all of the desserts before a funeral luncheon. When we celebrated Art's wasn't the same that he wasn't able to taste all of the goodies that were prepared in his memory.
Nancy always gave me a mason jar of Hickory Nuts for Christmas; she made grape juice from the grapes that used to grow in the parsonage back yard.
I remember one time that she was bringing homemade Horseradish that she had made for a church member and dropped it on the church steps going up to the Fellowship Hall. Those steps smelled like Horseradish for several months!
I remember all of the times that she talked about her grandkids and their sports and events and how she and Art always had front row seats.
When they celebrated their 50th Anniversary, I remember the "re-enactment" by the grandkids: "Art, do you take Nancy to be your lawfully wedded wife?" "Do I Nancy?" "Of Course you do!"
"I do!"
No one laughed harder at that endearing skit than Art and Nancy did.
They were one of the most perfectly matched couples that I have ever known, and both a joy to spend time with .
I pray for all of you as you remember Nancy and work through your grief to find your "new normal".
Pastor Kathy Gloff

Kathleen Gloff (Friend) - Mar. 13, 2019

I’m so sorry to hear about Nancy! I can still hear her infectious laugh and absolutely loved her smile. She will surely be missed and this world has been so blessed to have her for so long. I always LOVED visiting their place on summer bike rides. She treated me like I was one of her own granddaughters and that’s something I’ll never forget. What a special lady. I’m sorry to hear about your loss. Hugs

Jill Walsh (Old neighbor) - Mar. 13, 2019

Nancy ate at the same table with us at Century Ridge. She was a very nice lady with a Hardy laugh that we will miss dearly.
Alice, Mavice ane Bob

Robert Schad (Friend) - Mar. 13, 2019

I am sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of your mother as my Sunday School Teacher during my confirmation years at Ebenezer.

Jeff Goeldi (Church Friend) - Mar. 13, 2019

So sorry to read of your mom's passing. I had to chuckle when I read of all the places your mom traveled. She sure gave you that gene. And sitting on the shore.No wonder you and Pam always need to live on the water. Lots of good and happy memories you have of your mom.

Joanne Smith (Friend of Gail and Pam) - Mar. 13, 2019

Sending our condolences, hugs, Love and prayers for your family.

Kim & Jim Jones (Friends) - Mar. 13, 2019

We are so sorry for your loss. Nancy was such a joy and always had such a positive outlook on life. She & Art created a wonderful family, and their love, guidance and faith in shine through on each & every one of their kids, grandkids, & great grandkids. Take comfort that she is back in Art’s arms in heaven.

Ginger & Art Woelfel (Family Friend) - Mar. 13, 2019

Our sympathy to all of Nancy's
awesome family. She loved
you all so very much and
the feeling was so mutual.
There are not words to express how much she
meant to us, as well.
Her hearty laugh and wonderful personality will
keep her 'alive' in our hearts
Until we all meet again,
dear friend, rest in peace.

Connie and Don Waldvogel (Church family and friend) - Mar. 12, 2019

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