Ruthella Gussarson

Ruthella Mae Gussarson

1923 - 2014

Ruthella Mae Gussarson, 90 years old of Antioch, Ill., passed away Monday, May 5, 2014, at her home with her family at her side.

She was born May 8, 1923, in Beloit, Wis., the daughter of the late Viron Van Keister and Louise (Wardlow) Keister. Ruthella proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corp Womens reserve from Sept. 28, 1943 Dec. 13, 1945, and on Oct. 8, 1949, she married Ralph Gussarson, at the United Methodist Church, Antioch. He preceded her in death March 11, 2014. Ruthella was a member of the College of Regents of the Women of the Moose Lodge #735 of Antioch, Chaplain for the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post #4551, Antioch, the Antioch Township Republican Club, the Antioch Beautification committee, and life member of the American Legion Post #771, Gurnee, Ill. Ruthella loved to play golf and was an AVID Green Bay Packer and Chicago Cub fan. She retired from Intermatic Inc. in Spring Grove, Ill., after 17 years of service.

Survivors include her children, Bruce (Angela) of Morton Grove, Ill., Joan (Troy) Shea of Maricopa, Ariz., Daryl Duffy (Arlene) of Antioch, Luann (Alfred) Ultes of Antioch, and Alan (Caryn) of Antioch; grandchildren, Tricia Fandre, Lisa Chavez, Adam Chavez, Kristy Gussarson, Jennifer Gussarson, Jason Ultes, Jeffrey Ultes, Daryl Renee Gussarson, and Michael Gussarson; 23 great-grandchildren; five great- great-grandchildren; her brother Victor (Joyce) Keister of Beloit, Wis., and sister, Vivian Gatrel of Clinton, Wis.; several nieces and nephews; and many friends who called her Mom. In addition to her parents and husband, Ruthella was preceded in death by siblings, Kenneth Keister, and Doris Scott.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Strang Funeral Home of Antioch, 1055 Main St. (Rte. 83) with VFW Auxiliary and WOTM services at 7 p.m. Funeral services with military honors will be held at

10 a.m. Thursday, May 8, 2014, at the funeral home. INFO 847-395-4000. Those desiring may make contributions to Mooseheart c/o Moose Charities, 155 S. International Drive, Mooseheart, IL 60539 or Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Ste. 420, Rockville, MD 20850, in her memory. Please sign our online guest book at

Funeral Home

Strang Funeral Home of Antioch - Antioch
1055 Main St.  Antioch, IL 60002
(847) 395-4000

Published online at on May 5, 2014