Laura "Betty" E. Rusch
July 6, 1925 – June 28, 2018
Laura Elizabeth Rusch, 92, passed on June 28, 2018. She was born to Theodore and Anna Knussman July 6, 1925, marrying Vern Rusch in August 1948.
"Laura Betty" grew up near Trivoli, graduating from Farmington High School and attending Penn Ridge Lutheran Church. She and Vern settled in Canton and Trinity Lutheran Church. In 1959 they moved to Peoria and joined First English Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday School and participated in the Rebeccah Circle.
Vern and her siblings Glenn Knussman and Ruth Heuerman preceded her in death. Survivors include brother Edwin and Anna Knussman, Metamora; sons Dennis and Sue Rusch, Canton and Alvin and Lynn Rusch, East Peoria; granddaughters Margi and Nicolas Stevens and family, Canton; and Leslie Rusch-Bayer and Jeffrey Bayer and family, Eureka, as well as loving cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel, University and Nebraska in Peoria, will host the funerary proceedings on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 with visitation 9:30-11:00 a.m. and service at 11:00 a.m. with burial following at Penn Ridge Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to First English Lutheran Church, Peoria.
- Theodore Knussman, Father
- Anna Knussman, Mother
- Vern Rusch, Husband
- Dennis and Sue Rusch, Son
- Alvin and Lynn Rusch, Son
- Margi and Nicholas Stevens and family, Granddaughter
- Leslie Rusch-Bayer and Jeffrey Bayer and family, Granddaughter
- Glenn Knussman, Brother
- Ruth Heuerman, Sister
- Edwin and Anna Knussman, Brother
- Loving Cousins, Nieces, and Nephews
- She was preceded in death by her husband, Vern; and siblings, Glenn Knussman and Ruth Heuerman.
First English Lutheran Church
725 E. Forrest Hill Ave, Peoria, Illinois 61603
- Visitation Tuesday, July 3, 2018
- Funeral Service Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Laura "Betty" E. Rusch
July 2, 2018
I visited Laura at her home every few months, as part of the Women's Ministry at First English. She was a lovely, gentle person, so glad to visit and talk about the "good old days" when Pastor and Vera Langholz were there. She remembered my mother, Minna Neptun, and many of the ladies who cooked and served dinners and had lots of fun doing it. She also loved sharing stories about her great-grandchildren and how caring her family was. I'm sure she'll be missed by all who were close to her. Marilee Neptun tilly