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September 29, 2022

Constance J. Rufi

Constance "Connie" J. Rufi, age 55, passed away on Monday, September 26, 2022, at Agrace HospiceCare, Inc. in Fitchburg. She was born on July 26, 1967, in Monroe, WI, the daughter of Kenneth and Mary Jane (Webber) Wenger.

Connie graduated from New Glarus High School in 1985, and continued her education at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, graduating in 1989. On August 26, 1989, she was united in marriage to William Rufi at the Swiss United Church of Christ in New Glarus. Connie had worked in the billing department for SSM Health for many years, and while growing up around New Glarus she had worked as a cook and waitress at the Sugar River Drive In, Ryser's Alpine Restaurant, and the New Glarus Hotel. She had also worked at Small World in New Glarus. Connie loved to experience unique foods, and she had a huge cookbook collection, and was an amazing cook. She enjoyed watching birds and tending the feeders around her home. Connie will be remembered by her family for her big smile, loving heart, and her ability to find the right gift for anyone.

Connie is survived by her husband, William; loving son, Charles; parents, Ken and Mary Jane Wenger; brothers, Kendal (Karen) Wenger and Keith (Bobbi Blum) Wenger. She is further survived by her mother-in-law, Margaret Rufi; sister-in-law, Susan (Jim) Ratkovsky; niece, Kendra Wenger; and nephews, Karson Wenger, Kohl Wenger, and James Ratkovsky.

She was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Robert R. Rufi.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, September 30, 2022, at the Swiss United Church of Christ, 18 Fifth Avenue, New Glarus, WI, with Rev. Pat Pluss officiating. A gathering will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at the Zentner-Beal Funeral Home, 29 Sixth Avenue, New Glarus, WI.

An online memorial with guestbook is available at


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