Audrey R. Russart, 78

Audrey R. Russart, 78, of West Bend died peacefully with her family at her side on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008, at the Kathy Hospice, where she had been a resident the past few days.

She was born on Sept. 1, 1930, in Port Washington to Alois and Elsie Scheftgen Betz. She graduated from Port Washington High School .

On Feb. 26, 1949, she married Richard P. “Rich” Russart of Waubeka at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington . They moved to West Bend in September 1955 where she raised her family.

In 1979, she and her husband moved to Myrtle Beach , S.C. , for work and retirement. They later returned to West Bend in 2004.

Over the years she was employed with the West Bend Co. and West Bend ’s Paper Tree shop. She was a charter member of St. Frances Cabrini Church, West Bend , and St. Michael Catholic Church in Myrtle Beach .

She actively played cards, especially bridge, loved being social with family and friends, bowling and golfing. She was proud of her Afghans knitted over the years while enjoying a glass of zinfandel and a pretzel.

She is survived by her husband, Rich; six children, David (Jeanne) Russart of Ashford, Diane (the late Gary) Jaeger of the town of Trenton, Rick (Cindy Lou) Russart of Dousman, Sue (Bruce) McElhatton, Cindy (Dennis) Roos and Jack (Donna) Russart, all of West Bend; 22 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marge (the late Erin H.) Poole of Port Washington and Gert (Paul) Klemens of Wauwatosa; brothers-in-law, Paul (the late Pat) Russart of Milwaukee, Tom (Barbara) Russart of Lake Havasu, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Patti (the late Henry “Hank”) Russart; other relatives and friends.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Monday  at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 138 N. Eighth St. , West Bend . Fr. Rick Wendall will be the celebrant.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the church.

Memorials to Kathy Hospice, 3232 Pleasant Valley Road , West Bend , WI 53095 , or the American Heart Association are appreciated.

The family would like the thank Dr. Robert Gibson and staff and Kathy Hospice for their truly wonderful care and support.

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