Margaret Rubush

IRON MOUNTAIN – Margaret (Blomquist) Rubush, 95, former resident of Iron Mountain and Seminole, Fla., died Nov. 5, 2012, in Weaverville, N.C.

She was born in Deer Park, Wis., on July 3, 1917.

Margaret grew up in Ashland, Wis., and graduated from Ashland High School in 1934. In 1938 she received a bachelor’s degree in English and music from Northland College in Ashland. For three years she taught school in Felch.

Margaret married Bernard (Benny) Blomquist in 1941. They moved to Iron Mountain and were members of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. Benny served as church treasurer and Margaret directed the junior choir for at least 17 years. Bernard died in June 1961.

After 10 years teaching English at Iron Mountain High School, she went back to school and earned her master’s in library science from Western Michigan University. As a librarian, she continued working at Iron Mountain High School for several years, moved to Marquette and worked at Northern Michigan University, and eventually moved to Wauwatosa, Wis., where she started the public library in Hales Corners.

In 1973 she married Robert (Bob) Rubush from Kingsford. They retired to Seminole from Niagara, Wis. Margaret was a lifetime member of the Michigan Association of Retired Teachers, longtime member of Delta Kappa Gamma, and an active member of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Seminole, serving as church council president, chairman of Lydia Circle and pianist. She and her husband enjoyed extensive traveling with Friendship Force International and Tampa Bay Airstream Caravan Club. Robert died in December of 2011.

Margaret is survived by two daughters, Carol (Jay) Herbst of Bloomfield Hills and Sheila (Jerry) Ray of Weaverville, N.C.; grandchildren, Catherine (Alan) Welch of Ann Arbor, Michael (Mamata Reddy) Herbst of Evanston, Ill., and Jennifer (Scott Funston) Herbst of Hamden, Conn.; great-grandchild, William Welch; and a brother, Carl Casperson of Duluth, Minn.

Margaret was preceded in death by her brothers, Garmen Casperson of Ashland, Wis., and Ralph Casperson of Niles.

She is also survived by Bob’s children, Robert (Ann) Rubush of Cary, N.C., and Sarah Rubush of Roanoke, Va.; and his grandchildren, Scott, Katie and Matthew.

A memorial service was held at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, with Pastor Lori Liverance officiating.

Memorials may be sent to CarePartners Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 25388, Asheville, NC, 28813, or to a hospice organization of your choice.