Jean C. Rusch

July 19, 1927May 17, 2019

Jean C. Rusch of South Orleans, MA passed away peacefully on May 17th , 2019. She was 91. Jean was the loving wife of Harold F. Rusch who predeceased her. She was born July 19th in Tarrytown, NY in 1927, the devoted daughter of the late James and Mae Clarkson of Greenwich, CT. She had one sister, Mae, who also predeceased her. Jean led a full and caring life. She was a nurse, caregiver, business owner and world traveler, but the most important thing in the world to Jean was her family. She is survived by her three children; James Rusch of Bartlett, TN, Sherri Foster of Weston, VT and Susan Rusch of South Orleans, MA. She was the proud Nana to 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren with number 18 on the way. Amazingly, she also had 3 great-great grandchildren. In addition she leaves her brother-in-law Harold Healy of Redding, CT and her sister-in-law Marguerite McGugan of Stonington, CT, as well as many nieces and nephews. Jean opened her heart to her daughter(s)-in-law, son(s)-in-law, and grandchildren’s spouses, welcoming them into her family, as she also did for many close friends.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Nickerson Funeral Home, 87 Crowell Road, Chatham, MA. A burial at Orleans Cemetery in Orleans, MA will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to The Day Center at the Orleans Senior Center,150 Rock Harbor Road, Orleans, MA 02653.


  • Funeral Service Sunday, June 2, 2019
  • Burial following services Sunday, June 2, 2019


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Dale and Donna Nolan

June 1, 2019

Aunt Jean was our mom's best friend. They knew each other for more than seventy years.
Aunt Jean was a wonderful woman and was a big part of our lives.
We will miss her very much.

With our deepest sympathy,

Dale and Donna Nolan
Prospect, KY

Vianna McGugan

May 25, 2019

Visiting Aunt Jean when I was a child stimulated a sense of curiosity and admiration, visiting her as an adult inspired me to aim higher.

Orchis Moon

May 24, 2019

Jean was one of my best friends from the forties! I will miss our telephone calls.