Alcumbrac, Ann Rusch
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Ann Rusch Alcumbrac died peacefully in her home, surrounded by those she loved and whom deeply loved her, on December 8, 2012. She was 84. Ann (Eunice) was born on December 30, 1927 in Fargo, North Dakota to Harry and Zella Rusch. She was the last of five sisters. Ann was raised in Madison, Wisconsin, and graduated from University of Wisconsin. In 1950, she moved to Arizona, marrying Walter E. Alcumbrac in 1952. In Phoenix, she began a career in broadcast television before raising her family. She and Wally had four children, Kurt (Sandy) Alcumbrac, Kris Almour, Ole Alcumbrac and Marta Alcumbrac. Ann was an extraordinarily dedicated moth
er. She spent winters teaching her kids to ski at Sunrise Ski Area, and summers camping with the family in the White Mountains. After all her children were born, Ann starting teaching in the Madison School District, first at Simis, and then retiring from Madison Meadows. She was an outstanding 8th grade civics teacher, consistently showing her students how world events and politics were relevant to their own lives, inspiring them to be reach beyond expectations, to always maintain a healthy sense of humor, and to excel at whatever they chose to do. A devoted basketball and football fan, Ann enjoyed watching the Phoenix Suns, and is thrilled the Badgers will be at the Rose Bowl this year. Ann was a proud dog owner; all the dogs that were lucky enough to have lived with her enjoyed long walks, ice cream treats, swimming in the pool, sleeping on her bed, and the endless chasing of tennis balls. Ann was most happy cooking large meals at her house surrounded by dear friends (everyone was welcome), her children, and her grandchildren Tory Smith, Jamie Alcumbrac, Erik and Jake Alcumbrac, and Ella, Tessa, and Lilah Bandouveris. During these frequent gatherings, her kitchen overflowed with people and laughter, just the way she liked it. Ann's much-loved nephew, Rob Halle, recently moved to Phoenix and was a great support to Ann and the rest of the Alcumbrac family. Ann is also survived by her dear best friend, Marge Stafford, of Middleton, Wisconsin. Their friendship grew since they were 5th grade school girls; they shared many years of love, laughter and secrets. Whether dispensing advice from her kitchen table or from her classroom podium, Ann made an indelible mark on those who knew her. She will be profoundly missed. A private family service will be held in Fargo, North Dakota this spring. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ann's name to the Humane Society of the White Mountains, P.O. Box 909, Lakeside, Arizona 85929. Arrangements by A.L. Moore-Grimshaw Mortuary.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Dec. 16, 2012