Naomi Bersch (1922 - 2007)
Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
Neillsville, UCC Winnebago Indian Mission
Surnames: Stucki, Bersch, Larson
----Sources: Clark County Press (Neillsville, WI.) August 8, 2007
Stucki, Naomi Bersch (April 12, 1922 - July 17, 2007)
Naomi Bersch Stucki, age 85, died July 17, 2007, at her home in Kalamazoo, Mich.
She was the wife of Neillsville native Jacob C. Stucki, the son of Benjamin and Ella Stucki. The Reverend Benjamin Stucki was for many years the Superintendent of the Indian School in Neillsville as well as pastor at the Mission at Black River Falls.
Naomi was born in Sheboygan, Wis., on April 12, 1922. She attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Chicago Musical College (later Roosevelt University), eventually earning her Master of Music degree from U. of W. in 1948. In that same year, she and Jacob were united in marriage by Reverend Benjamin Stucki in Sauk City, Wis.
Naomi worked as a professional vocal soloist, choral director, and voice teacher while Jacob completed his graduate degrees in science at eh U. of W. in Madison.
In 1957, Jacob and Naomi moved to Kalamazoo when he accepted a job at the Upjohn Company. During the next 50 years, Naomi was closely involved in the arts, especially community theatre at the Kalamazoo Civic, where she performed on stage, volunteered backstage, led fund-raising efforts and served on the Board of directors. In 1998, she was recognized with the Civic’s "Community Volunteer" Award for more than 40 years of service. In 200, Naomi and Jacob were honored with the Distinguished Volunteer Award from the Kalamazoo Arts Council.
Over the years, Jacob and Naomi traveled all over the United States and the world, including China, Turkey, Japan, Europe and Central and South America, but always enjoyed returning to Wisconsin to visit friends and relatives in the Neillsville, Marshfield, Sheboygan, Lake Delton, and Shawano areas.
In addition to her husband, Naomi is survived by her daughter Marcia Stucki, of Galesburg, Mich.; her daughter, Heidi Stucki and her husband, Philip Larson, also of Galesburg; and her son, J. Christopher Stucki, his wife Catherine, and her two grandchildren, Jacob and Calin, of Evanston, Ill.
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