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Nuss, Russell L.

Russell L. Nuss, 85, Green Bay, passed away January 11, 2013 after a long illness. Russell was born on December 2, 1927 in De Pere to Erna (Boese) Nuss and Lorine (Jake) Nuss. Russell was a WWII veteran, serving in the United States Army from 1945-1947, playing trumpet in the Army Band. He received numerous medals, awards and accolades for his musical ability. Russell married Joyce (Anderson) Nuss on November 17, 1947.

He was employed at Wisconsin Optical Service as General Manager from 1960-2002. He continued on, part time, as his abilities at making the most difficult prescription lenses possible were his mainstay. He retired permanently in 2007. Russell was a 33 degree Mason, and was Master of the De Pere Masonic Lodge during the 1970's. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, gardening and listening to big band music. The special joys of his life were his three grandsons, and he followed everything they were involved in through their high school years and beyond.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Joyce; daughter Nancy (Mel) Wigman, Green Bay; son Steven and his partner Gordon Jee, NYC; grandsons: Anthony (Leslie) Cao, Madison, Aaron Cao, NYC, Andrew (Sophie) Cao, NYC, two great grand-daughters, Eloise Cao and Lua Cao; one cousin, Barbara Woche, De Pere, and numerous in-laws.

Russell was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Donna (Nuss) Solper, and an infant daughter, Loretta.

Visitation will be held at Cotter Funeral Home, 860 N. Webster Ave, De Pere on Tuesday, January 15, from 5pm until the time of service. Memorial Service will be held at 6pm. Online condolences may be expressed at

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established.

The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Roderick Meves, whose special care, compassion and understanding gave comfort to Russell and his family for many years, and also to the staff at Bornemann Nursing Home, for their excellent care during Russell's final days.


Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Jan. 13 to Jan. 15, 2013
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