OBITUARY

Joseph A. Rusch

August 27, 1935April 19, 2019
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Age 83, of Woodbury, MN (formally of St. Paul), passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of his family on Friday, April 19, 2019.

Preceded in death by parents, Joseph Sr and Marion Rusch, sisters, Barbara Truso and Mary Anne Blommel; brother, Jerome Rusch.

Joe was a Cretin HS graduate ’53. He also served in the U.S. Army, and was a 39-year 3M employee.

Joe is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dona; children, Linda (Don) Lamusga, Deb (Mike) Heggernes, Kathy (Bob) Karner, Lauri (Steve) Heitz, Dan (Shawn) Yorga, Cheryl (Jeff) Oppegard, Chris (Bill) Schommer, Joetta (Ken) Andres; 24 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; sister, Joanne (Ed) Cary; brothers-in-law, Frank Truso, Bob Blommel, and Larry (Joan) Bovy; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, April 30th 11 AM with visitation one hour prior at Guardian Angels Catholic Church 8260 4th Street N, Oakdale.

Evening visitation Monday, April 29th 4-7 PM also at Guardian Angels Catholic Church.

Private interment Fort Snelling.

The family would like to thank DaVita Dialysis, St. Theresa’s of Woodbury, and the many doctors, nurses and caregivers who attended to Joe over the years.

  • FAMILY

  • Joe was preceded in death by Parents, Joseph Sr and Marion Rusch; Sisters, Barbara Truso and Mary Anne Blommel; Brother, Jerome Rusch.

    He is survived by his Wife of 65 years, Dona; Children, Linda (Don) Lamusga, Deb (Mike) Heggernes, Kathy (Bob) Karner, Lauri (Steve) Heitz, Dan (Shawn) Yorga, Cheryl (Jeff) Oppegard, Chris (Bill) Schommer, Joetta (Ken) Andres; 24 Grandchildren; 36 Great-Grandchildren; Sister, Joanne (Ed) Cary; Brothers-In-Law, Frank Truso, Bob Blommel, and Larry (Joan) Bovy; many Nieces, Nephews, extended Family and Friends.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Dan Yorga
  • Don Lamusga
  • Mike Heggernes
  • Bob Karner
  • Steve Heitz
  • Jeff Oppegard
  • Bill Schommer
  • Ken Andres

Services

  • Evening Visitation Monday, April 29, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, April 30, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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Lynne Straka Mulso

April 29, 2019

My sincere sympathies Dona and family on the passing of cousin Joey. Mom and Dad often talked of him. May our Lord surround you with his strong arms. Lynne (Bob and Margaret).

Mischelle Knipe

April 26, 2019

Joe was my father's best friend, they grew up together and continued to work on their music and spend time together throughout the years. Joe, and his wife Donna were special people and I remember the joy in having visits with them and their children. "The Ruschin's are coming, the Ruschins are coming" was the shout of glee that proceeded their visits. With grandma and grandpa living just a few houses from ours it meant we see the girls more then just a visit at our house.
Joe's smile and his jovial personality would lite up a day. I am glad that Joe and Donna were in my life during my childhood, it made those days brighter.
To the family I am sorry for your loss, howver, I am happy that you had the joy that was Joe.

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Biography

Age 83, of Woodbury, MN (formally of St. Paul), passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of his family on Friday, April 19, 2019.

Preceded in death by parents, Joseph Sr and Marion Rusch, sisters, Barbara Truso and Mary Anne Blommel; brother, Jerome Rusch.

Joe was a Cretin HS graduate ’53. He also served in the U.S. Army, and was 39-year 3M employee.

Joe is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dona; children, Linda (Don) Lamusga, Deb (Mike) Heggernes, Kathy (Bob) Karner, Lauri (Steve) Heitz, Dan (Shawn) Yorga, Cheryl (Jeff) Oppegard, Chris (Bill) Schommer, Joetta (Ken) Andres; 24 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; sister, Joanne (Ed) Cary; brothers-in-law, Frank Truso, Bob Blommel, and Larry (Joan) Bovy; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, April 30th 11 AM with visitation one hour prior at Guardian Angels Catholic Church 8260 4th Street N, Oakdale.

Evening visitation Monday, April 29th 4-7 PM also at Guardian Angels Catholic Church.

Private interment Fort Snelling.

The family would like to thank DaVita Dialysis, St. Theresa’s of Woodbury, and the many doctors, nurses and caregivers who attended to Joe over the years.