RUSCHMAN Charles, son of Bill, a farmer and grocery truck driver, and Flora (nee Hoffman), a homemaker, both now long deceased. Charlie was born at home on the family farm on August 23, 1923 during the time of great optimism of the roaring 20's. He grew up during the Great Depression then lived a full and wonderful life. He died a peaceful death surrounded by his loving wife of 67 years Norma Ruschman (nee DiMuzio) and his devoted daughter-in-law, Carroll Lee Martins Ruschman, M.D., on February 25, 2013. He was 89 years old. He is also survived by his son, Eric Ruschman, M.D., and his granddaughters, Gretchen Lee and Beth Ann Ruschman. He was an exceptional father and grandfather. A long-time resident of Erlanger, KY, he and Norma moved to Lexington, KY a few years after the birth of their grandchildren to be closer to them. He was preceded in death by all of his siblings: Etta Messmer, Jane Kovacik, Marilyn Wischer, Tony Ruschman, Rosemarie Queen and Patricia Kremer. Charlie started working full- time as an apprentice tile setter after completing the 8th grade at St. John's School, Wilder, KY. At 18, he started his career with the railroad, initially with the B&O and then retiring from CSX after 43 years of service. The only interruption of this career was in service of our country during WWII
when he was stationed in the frigid Aleutian Islands. He never cared much for the cold after this. When he returned from the war he met his wife Norma and they were married. As many men of his generation, he worked a second job. For 50 years he was in charge of the horses and livestock at Marydale Camp and Retreat Center in Erlanger, KY. Marydale was a very important part of Charlie and Norma's life together. They met many wonderful people and formed many lifelong friendships. Charlie was a parishioner and usher at Mary Queen of Heaven in Erlanger, KY for decades. He was a volunteer at the Parish Kitchen and Be Concerned in Covington, KY for over 25 years. He was also a lifetime member of the VFW
and served on the Board of Directors of the B&O Railroad Credit Union for many years. He was a Kentucky Colonel. There will be a visitation and fellowship at Muehlenkamp-Erschell Funeral Home 427 S. Ft. Thomas Avenue, Ft. Thomas, KY 41075 from 4-7pm on Thursday, February 28th, 2013. A Mass in celebration of his life will be at Mary Queen of Heaven Parish 1150 Donaldson Road, Erlanger KY 41018 on Friday, March 1st, 2013 at 12:30pm. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, 1307 Johns Hill Road, Wilder, KY 41076. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Wood Hudson Cancer Research Laboratory, 931 Isabella Street, Newport, KY 41071, Hospice of the Bluegrass, 2409 Members Way, Lexington, KY 40504 or Mary Queen of Heaven Parish.