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Ruth Rusch, 98

Ruth Hannah Rusch, 98, of Red Wing, died Friday, Aug. 16, in her home at Deercrest.

She was born on Dec. 28, 1914, in Goodhue, Minn., to Herman and Clara (Kunde) Zemke. She attended school through the 8th grade in Goodhue and then worked as a housekeeper. She married Reinhard J. Rusch on June 10, 1936, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Belvidere. She worked as a janitor at St. Peter's for 10 years. Reinhard died on Oct. 2, 1994.

She was a former member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Belvidere, and a current member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Red Wing. She was also a member of the Belvidere project group. She enjoyed fishing, sewing and quilting.

She is survived by one son, Marlyn (Rhoda) of Branson, Mo.; two daughters, Joan (Orville) Zemke of Goodhue and Janice Birk of Red Wing; 15 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; many great-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Harold, Frederick, and Melvin Kunde; two sisters, Marcella Rosener and Luella Kunde; and son-in-law Roger Birk.

Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Red Wing with Reverend Loren Lucht officiating. Burial will be at St. John's Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at church. Memorials are preferred to the church.

Funeral arrangements are by the Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel,