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Dr. Elfreda M. Rusher

June 10, 1916 April 15, 2018
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Obituary for Dr. Elfreda M. Rusher

Dr. Elfreda Maxine Rusher, 101, Professor Emeritus at Bowling Green State University, passed away Sunday April 15, 2018. She was born June 10, 1916 in Bluffton, Ohio to Harvey J. and Ola (Smith) Rusher.

Elfreda was a graduate of Ada High School. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in 1938, Master’s degree in Business from The Ohio State University in 1948 and her Ph.D. in Business from The Ohio State University in 1957. In 1950 she was recruited by BGSU President Frank Prout to teach Business Education. She retired from BGSU in 1976.

She was a member of Frist United Methodist Church in Bowling Green since 1965. She was a member of the BGSU Retirees Association where she served as treasurer for many years, Wood County Historical Society, Wood County Retired Teachers Association, Friends of the Parks and participated in several local Bridge Clubs. She organized the Beta Eta Chapter of Delta Pi Epsilon where she was a graduate honorary and charter member and President of Rho Chapter at OSU. Elfreda was a member of AAUW-Bowling Green Branch and in 1992 AAUW named her “Outstanding Board Member.”

Elfreda traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe. She was an avid reader, Bridge Club player, quilter and knitter. She started the Larch Landing Bridge, Literature and Lunch Groups. She was an independent living resident of Heritage Corner in Bowling Green since 2009. She was an enthusiastic fan of The Ohio State University Football team.

In 2004, Dr. Rusher created the Elfreda M. Rusher Scholarship in Music Education which is awarded annually to a fulltime undergraduate student in the BGSU College of Musical Arts who desires to teach music. The scholarship reflects Dr. Rusher’s life-long interest in music and her interest in playing the piano beginning at the age of 5.

She was preceded in death by her brother Walter Rusher.

Her funeral service will be held on Friday April 20, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Dunn Funeral Home, located in the Historical District of Bowling Green at 408 West Wooster St. Pastor Amy Miller will officiate. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Ada, Ohio. Visitation will begin Friday morning at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be given to First United Methodist Church, American Cancer Society, American Lung Association of Northwest Ohio, Wood County District Public Library, Ohio Northern University College of Business for the Elfreda M. Rusher Endowed Scholarship, Bowling Green State University Foundation for the College of Musical Arts existing scholarship in the name of Elfreda M. Rusher or Bridge Hospice in Bowling Green.

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10:00 AM 4/20/2018 10:00:00 AM
DUNN FUNERAL HOME- Bowling Green Chapel

408 West Wooster Street
Bowling Green, OH 43402

DUNN FUNERAL HOME- Bowling Green Chapel
408 West Wooster Street Bowling Green 43402 OH
United States

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