OBITUARY - JEAN "YVONNE" (MENELAUS) CAVANAUGH RUSCO
Jean Yvonne RUSCO was born December 23, 1918 at Blockton, Iowa to E. G. MENELAUS and Edna HOXWORTH MENELAUS.
Yvonne grew up and graduated from Blockton high school. She married Michael CAVANAUGH and one son, Gary, was born. Michael
was a career military officer and they lived in several cities around the world. She returned to Blockton in 1951. Yvonne
later married Forrest RUSCO.
Yvonne worked as a secretary at Blockton Oil Company for several years and was the president of the company from 1982 to
1995. She was a member of the Methodist Church in Blockton, the Laugh-a-Lot Club and the Blockton Community Betterment
Corp. She was an avid antique collector.
Yvonne became a resident of Clearview Home in Mount Ayr in November of 1998. She passed away at the Ringgold County
Hospital in Mount Ayr on December 31, 2001.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Forrest.
Survivors include her son, Gary CAVANAUGH, M.D. and his wife Sylvia of Stockton, California; two grandchildren, Tara
CAVANAUGH of San Francisco, California and Corey CAVANAUGH of Stockton; one sister, Kathleen RATEKIN of Topeka, Kansas;
and two nephews, Mark and Kevin RATEKIN.
Funeral services were held at the Blockton Christian Church on January 4, 2002 with Rev. Scott MARCUM officiating.
Musicians were Jodi LAWRENCE and Marvel MELVIN.
Casket bearers were Leonard SMITH, Tom MILLER, Eldon STROBURG, Delbert MOLT, Bob WILT and Richard BROWN. Honorary
pallbearers were Paul CAMPBELL, Whitey STEWART and Everett KING.
Yvonne was laid to rest in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Blockton. Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home was in charge of
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010
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