LaRene Brusen

Obituary of LaRene Marie Brusen

LaRene “Renie” Marie Brusen, age 89, long-time Fort Atkinson resident, peacefully passed away at Shorehaven in Oconomowoc, WI on Saturday, May 4, 2024. Born on October 13, 1934 to John Sr. and Bertha (Kapanke) Korthals, Renie grew up on a farm in Coon Valley, WI surrounded by a large family and relatives living nearby. She graduated from Westby High School in 1951 and attended Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN - receiving an elementary teaching certification.

Renie accepted a call to teach at St. Paul’s Lutheran School – second grade in Fort Atkinson. It was during a summer office job at the Larsen Company, where she met her future husband, Wendell Brusen. They were married in 1962 and blessed with two children: Lisa and Paul. After her children started school, Renie returned to work first part-time and then full-time in administrative roles, mainly in healthcare. She eventually retired from Jefferson County Human Services as a receptionist in 1999.

Renie was member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Fort Atkinson, having sung in the choir for many years. She was also a supporter of Lakeside Lutheran High School, where both her children attended. Renie loved animals (especially dogs), taking care of her backyard birds and flower gardens, reading and going on long road trips out West.

Left to cherish her memory are children: Lisa of Woodbury, MN and Paul (Christina Michaud) of Saco, ME and grandson Sam Brusen. She is also survived by sisters Norma Ring Roerig of Kaukauna, WI and Ruth Malchow of Waukesha, WI, in addition to many nieces, nephews and extended family. Renie was proceeded in death by her husband Wendell, her parents John Sr. and Bertha and her brothers Richard, Wilbur and John, Jr.

Memorial Services will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 11:00am at Bethany Lutheran Church, 404 Roosevelt St. Fort Atkinson, WI 53538 with Rev. Ethan Steinbrenner officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery. Friends may call at Bethany Lutheran Church on Thursday from 10:00am until the time of the service

The family also wishes to extend a special thanks to Jan and Dave Zimmerman of Watertown, WI, and the staff at Shorehaven and Legacy Hospice.

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Thursday
16
May

Visitation

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Thursday, May 16, 2024
Bethany Lutheran Church
404 Roosevelt Street
Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, United States
Thursday
16
May

Memorial Service

11:00 am - 11:45 am
Thursday, May 16, 2024
Bethany Lutheran Church
404 Roosevelt Street
Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, United States
Thursday
16
May

Inurnment

12:00 pm - 12:15 pm
Thursday, May 16, 2024
Evergreen Cemetery
1105 N. Main Street
Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, United States
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