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October 31, 2019

Irma J. Ruegsegger, age 95, died on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at the New Glarus Home. She was born August 16, 1924, the daughter of Jacob and Ida (Durst) Amacher.

She attended the Plainview School. Irma married Albert G. Ruegsegger on February 24, 1943. They were dairy farmers in the Blanchardville area until 1977, when they moved to New Glarus. Together they brought up eight children. She enjoyed being a farmer’s wife, gardening, mending, spending time with her family, playing cards, reading, and baby sitting for family and friends as long as she was able.

Irma is survived by her children, Roy (Carolyn), Evelyn (Martin) Palus, Steve (Irene), Mark (Jeanne), Randy, Ken, and Bruce (Jo); daughter-in-law, Marleen; 22 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a brother, John (Kay) Amacher; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Albert in 1987; sisters, Goldie Nussbaum, Tilma Eggiman, and Tilda Amacher; brothers, Sindolf and Arnold; grandchildren, Tracy, Weston, Samuel, Tammy, and Elaine Ruegsegger; daughter-in-law, Sheryll Ruegsegger; and her son, Joe, who passed hours after his mother.

A memorial service to remember Irma and Joe was held at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at the New Glarus Home Chapel, 600 Second Avenue, New Glarus, WI (access via the Elm Dr. entrance), with Pastor James Palus officiating. Inurnment is in the Old York Cemetery, rural Blanchardville. A gathering of relatives and friends to celebrate Irma’s and Joe’s life was held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at the Zentner-Beal Funeral Home, 29 Sixth Avenue, New Glarus, WI.

The family would like to thank the staffs of the Glarner Lodge, New Glarus Home, and SSM Hospice for their tender care during Irma’s time there.

An online memorial with guestbook is available at


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