March 27, 1925 - February 2, 2021
Janet Charlene (Wilde) Rusk, a long-time Pittsfield resident, passed away peacefully on February 2, 2021 with family at her side. She was born March 27, 1925 in Santa Ana, California to Frederick M Wilde and Ruth C Wilde. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1946. She married John Edward Rusk on June 22, 1946, at Pawtucket Congregational Church in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and enjoyed 72 years of marriage. Together they raised five children. Janet was a homemaker extraordinaire for over 70 years. She was an excellent cook and knew how to stretch her budget to care for her large family. She was an avid bridge player, a longtime member of the College Club Gourmet and Bridge groups. She also enjoyed golf at the Berkshire Hills Country Club, skiing at Mount Greylock Ski Club and bowling as well as tending to her perennial and vegetable gardens. She spent many years travelling with her husband, “Jack, to numerous (19) Barbershop Chorus International contests throughout the U.S. and hosted many visiting quartets for the Berkshire Hillsmen shows. She was a member of South Congregational Church where she sang in the choir for many years. In addition to her parents, Janet was predeceased by her husband, John E. Rusk and her sister June. She is survived by her 5 children: Greg (Roma), Bedford, TX; Bob (Holly), Delafield, WI; Dave (Kenna), Clayton, NC; Debbie (Len), Homeland, CA; Dick (Kim), Dalton, MA; 8 grandchildren: Mike (Nicole), Mitch (Brian), Shawna, Dan (Doreen), Mallory (Will), Heather (Martin), Lindsey (Cameron), and Kate; and 9 great-grandchildren: Caleb, Logan, Kylie, Lukas, Willem, Edison, Wyatt, Finley, and Charlotte. Her family would like to especially thank Lori Smith for her compassionate care during the past 2 years as well as Hospice Care in the Berkshires, Inc. Janet Rusk had a long full life and was a guiding light for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We will miss her dearly. Funeral Notice: A memorial service will be held via Zoom at 2:00PM on 27 Feb, 2021. To view the service from a computer or iPad, please visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89873732016?pwd=TU1QR2F2QVVYKzVTU3JqUWY4MkZ6UT09 To view from a phone, please dial Dial: 1-646-558-8656. The meeting ID and passcode are as follows: Meeting ID: 898 7373 2016 Passcode: 480253 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Janet’s name may be made to: Harmony Foundation International (110 7th Ave. N, Suite 200, Nashville TN 37203, www.harmonyfoundation.org (Memorial Giving)), South Congregational Church (110 South St., Pittsfield, MA 01201, www.southchurchpittsfield.org), or Hospice Care in the Berkshires, Inc. (877 South St., Ste. 1W, Pittsfield, MA 01201, www.hcib.org).
Janet Charlene (Wilde) Rusk, a long-time Pittsfield resident, passed away peacefully on February 2, 2021 with family at her side. She was born March 27, 1925 in Santa Ana, California to Frederick M Wilde and Ruth C Wilde. She graduated from... View Obituary & Service Information
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