I thought this may help some of the "Iowa" Kusch descendants track down some of their ancestors and possible living descendants.
This is transcribed from the back of Ruth (Kusch) Adam's funeral program verbatim, except in any instances names of still living descendants have been replaced with the word "Living".
Ruth Minnie Ida Kusch was born in Schleswig, Iowa, to Otto and Elsie Pencker Kusch February 3, 1920. The family lived for a short time in South Dakota before eventually settling in Omaha. There was a sister Gertrude, who died of scarlet fever.
Ruth delivered the German language newspaper with her brother Ed, covering several miles daily. She was confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church as an eighth grader. She quit high school during the Depression and became the dayworker for the family who owned the local grocery. At the end of a pay period, she would receive a piece of paper showing how much credit her family had received at the grocery store for the work she had performed.
She met her husband to be, Clifford, through his family members, who were neighbors.. She left her daywork position and found work at National Biscuit Company on the production line. She very much enjoyed dancing at this time in her life.
Like many young women of the time, she had to get acquainted with Clifford by exchanging letters with him, as war had required his presence overseas. They were married at St. John’s Lutheran Church while he was on leave.
She occupied this time by spending time with different relatives, all of whom knew and know that she loved them, from riding the streetcar to 72nd and Binney to spend the day with her brother Ed’s wife Ruth whenever Ruth would call and ask her to, to going to the show with some of Clifford’s nieces (Ed’s wife is also a Ruth). After the war, Clifford and Ruth bought the house on North 23rd Street where visitors were always received with joy, love, and hospitality, Her mother had taught her to crochet, which enabled her to continue to make afghans in her later years in spite of the arthritis having crippled her fingers. Ruth was always the person who the word games at wedding and baby showers, and kept her mind active enjoying crossword puzzles toward the end of her life, Those who knew her well knew not to call during the Nebraska football games unless it was halftime.
She was preceded in death by husband Clifford, stillborn infant son Ronnie Edward, son Dennis, and grandson “Tim-Tim”. She is survived by brother Martin Kusch of Omaha; brother (Living) Kusch of Placerville, CA; son (Living) Adams of Omaha; daughter (Living) Bechtold of Omaha; five grandchildren; and one great grandchild.