Marianna Ambrusch

April 18, 1925 – Dec. 8, 2011

Marianna Ambrusch, 86, passed away in Wheat Ridge, Colo., on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011.
Marianna, who was a longtime resident of Arvada, Colo., was born April 18, 1925, in Waukesha, to Clark and Margaret Connell.

Marianna studied nursing at the Milwaukee General Hospital School of Nursing, and upon her graduation as a registered nurse, relocated to Denver, where she met and then married Roy Sherman Ambrusch on Sept. 2, 1950. Roy and Marianna had two sons, Frederick Clark and James Roy. Roy passed away in 2002.

Marianna had a long and successful career as a registered nurse at Rose Medical Center and St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver and at Colorado Lutheran Home in Arvada. Marianna was an active hiker and one of the founding members of the Hiking Humdingers of Arvada. She was also an avid reader and gardener and for many years was an active member of the United Church of Christ in Broomfield, Colo. Until Roy’s death, Marianna and Roy enjoyed traveling and had the opportunity to visit many different countries. After retiring from nursing, Marianna stayed active by teaching adult education classes at the Arvada Public Library and by donating her time to a local food pantry. She continued her food pantry work well into her 80s. Her passion in life was to help others and to be busy and useful.

Marianna is survived by her two sons, Frederick and his wife Kathy, of Broomfield, and their two daughters, Kristina Lynn and Jennifer Marie; and James and his wife Pamela, of East Stroudsburg, Pa., and their two children, Matthew James and Lori Ellen. She is also survived by her brother, Clark “Bud” Connell of Reedsville, and many nieces, nephews and countless friends.

She was predeceased by her two older sisters, Betty and Bea.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at Olinger Highland Mortuary, 10201 N. Grant St., Thornton, CO 80229.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marianna’s name to the Arvada Community Food Bank, 8555 W. 57th Ave., Arvada, CO 80002-2326.