Erma L (Winterer) Rusch

November 29, 1944January 30, 2019

Erma Rusch,74 of Scottsbluff, Nebraska passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at Heritage Estates in Gering. Her funeral service will be held on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church with Pastors Chris Kester Beyer and Larry Spomer officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Gering Memorial Chapel. Memorials may be given to Regional West Hospice. Online condolences may be left at She was born on November 29, 1944 at Alliance, Nebraska to Irving “Leo” and Stella (Outson) Winterer. She received her early education in Gering, graduating from Gering High School and attended University Nebraska of Lincoln and received her BA in Education. She received her Masters Degree in German at University of Wyoming. She married Willard Rusch on July 7, 1968 at Calvary Lutheran Church and made their home in Scottsbluff. She was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church. She taught German and Spanish at Gering High School for 38 years. She and her husband Willard enjoyed spending time at the cabin in Laramie Peak. She loved puzzle books. Survivors include her husband Willy, daughter Rebecca Tompkins (Cody Pierce), grandchildren Ayden Tompkins 9, Dyllen Pierce 4 and James Pierce; brother Kerry Winterer (Norma Hansen) and nephew and niece Grant and Martha. She is preceded in death by her daughter Jennifer Rusch and parents.


  • Visitation Sunday, February 3, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 4, 2019

Erma L (Winterer) Rusch

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Bruce and Donna Bennett

February 8, 2019

To the family of Mrs. Rusch,
She was an amazing teacher who took pride in each of her students. I am honored to be among one of them. Heaven is for real and we will all be reunited at Father Gods calling.
Friends in Jesus Christ,
Bruce and Donna(Acker) Bennett
Buda, Texas

Deanna McClintick

February 4, 2019

Erma was a special leader in our sorority, Kappa Delta, as she was president and on
Mortar Board. I will always remember her fondly for her friendship and as a wonderful
example for everyone else.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Deanna Bemis McClintick
Lincoln NE

David Wegner

February 4, 2019

I am an old classmate from Gering High and my thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I have many good thoughts of Erma even though she was a better English student than I was.

Alan Strauch

February 2, 2019

Frau Rusch I will always remember the 3 years of German in high school. Prayers to all her family and friends.

misty kaufman-dykes

February 2, 2019

Becca-you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. your mom was a great german teacher.