Obit: Rusk, Viola (1890 – 1967)

Contact: Dinah Reinke

Surnames: Rusk, Landa, Amacher, Hinke, Dorn, Melvin, Roth, Minshall, Waters, Scanio

------ Source: Tribune-Phonograph (Abbotsford and Colby, Clark Co., Wis.) 05/11/1967

------ Rusk, Viola (10 NOV 1890 – 05 MAY 1967)

Mrs. Viola Rusk, 76, Abbotsford, died in her sleep Friday morning, May 5, at Oak Park, Ill., at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Ed. Landa. The body lay in state at the Drake Funeral Home in Chicago until Sunday night after which it was brought to the Polnaszek Funeral Home, Abbotsford, where the Abbotsford Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star held a service Monday evening.

Services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the First Presbyterian church at Abbotsford with the Rev. Charles Glidden officiating. Paul Nixdorf was the organist.

Pallbearers for the interment which was made in the Abbotsford cemetery were Hans Amacher, Dr. C. V. Hinke Sr., Lowell Dorn, Francis Melvin, Floyd Roth and Roland Roth.

The former Viola Minshall was born Nov. 10, 1890, in Carlton, Minn. At the age of 10, she came to live at Colby when her father was transferred by the railroad company to Abbotsford where he was depot agent. They lived there for the first few years then came to live at Abbotsford, where Mrs. Rusk spent her girlhood years.

She was married to Frank Rusk who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Rusk made her home in Abbotsford and its women’s organization. For many years she was pianist for the summer Bible school. She was also a member of the Abbotsford Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star and a charter member of the auxiliary to the American Legion Post 139.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ed (Ione) Landa of Oak Park, Ill., and Mrs. John (Eleanore) Waters of Chicago; three grand children, Mrs. Carol Landa Scanio of Melbrose Park, Ill., John Landa of Oak Park and Philip Waters of Chicago. There are three nieces and a nephew in the Chicago area and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Leslie Minshall, Largo, Fla.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Leslie Minshall.

Mr. and Mrs. Landa and son and Mr. and Mrs. Waters and son attended the funeral.



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