Andrea Beth Ruesch, 37, was born on October 26, 1972 to Leonard and Marjorie nee Wolf Ruesch in Worthington, MN. She was baptized on November 19, 1972 and confirmed September 27, 1987 at St Matthew Lutheran Church, Worthington. She graduated from Worthington Senior High (1991), Moorhead State University (1995), and received a Masters Degree from the University of Minnesota, Morris. Andrea was an active participant and served as President of Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA) while at Moorhead State. She worked summers as a Chippewa County 4-H intern during her college years and upon graduating from college at Moorhead she became an Extension Educator in Chippewa County while working toward her masters. She then worked for MSUSA in St. Paul lobbying for the state colleges. Ultimately 4-H called her back home to SW Minnesota where for the past 7 years she served Cottonwood, Watonwan and Murray Counties. She finished her 4-H career in October 2009 in Jackson County. She recently started a position with the Jim Nesseth Extended Ag Services.
Andrea shared her zest for life everyday in her work with the youth of the 4-H program. Many lives were touched by her “Hands to Larger Service” for 4-H.
Andrea passed away suddenly on December 20, 2010 at Sanford Medical Center, Jackson, MN. She is survived by her fiancé Curt Chergosky, Lakefield, her parents Leonard and Marjorie Ruesch, Worthington, brothers Deron (Bonnie) Ruesch, Vermillion, SD, Justin (Laura) Ruesch, Brookings, SD, sister Gina (Ed Usalis) Ruesch, White Bear Lake, MN, sister-in-law Shirley Chergosky, Lakefield, and 4 nephews who were her pride and joy, Tristen Ruesch, Ashton Ruesch, Jack Usalis and Crosby Ruesch, and her grandmother, Margaret Ruesch, Worthington, many aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by John and Irene Chergosky, and grandparents Fred and Elizabeth Wolf and Robert Ruesch.
Blessed be the memory of Andrea Beth Ruesch.