Kuusisto, MaryAnn J, 75, of Menasha, died Monday, October 5, 2020 at Edenbrook of Appleton. She was born in Manitowoc, WI, on September 30, 1945, daughter of Joseph Henry and Elizabeth Bessie Schmidt. Ronald Kuusisto Sr. married MaryAnn Schmidt on December 29, 1969.
MaryAnn graduated from Reedsville High School in 1965. She was an active member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Menasha. MaryAnn enjoyed fishing with her husband Ronald and family. In addition MaryAnn enjoyed working in the garden and her flower beds. MaryAnn was fabulous at cooking, baking and loved sewing and crafts. Dancing was her favorite past time at family gatherings. Her greatest enjoyment came from her time spent with her family, and dear friends, Sam Witt and Barb Quella.
MaryAnn is survived by her three children: Donna Kuusisto, Appleton, Ronald Jr., Appleton, and Joseph Sr., Neenah; 7 grand children: Nick Kuusisto, Champagne Hund, Sierra Hund, Ronald Kuusisto III, Joseph Kuusisto Jr., Jacob Kuusisto, and Rylee Kuusisto; her brother: Art Schmidt, Eugene Schmidt, Jack Schmidt, Paul (Bev) Schmidt. MaryAnn is further survived by her foster child Steve Breeze; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Ronald G Kuusisto Sr, father Joseph Henry Schmidt and mother Elizabeth Bessie Schmidt; and two sisters Norma Gena (Elroy) Behnke, sister Elvera (Honey) and special friend Gene Tarbox, Loyle (Ruth) Schmidt, Donnie (Mary Jane) Schmidt, sister in law Betty (Eugene) Schmidt.
Memorial service for MaryAnn will be 2:00 PM on Friday October 16, 2020 at VALLEY FUNERAL HOME, Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday afternoon beginning 12pm until the 2:00pm service. There will be a small gathering at Riverside cemetery at 3:15pm immediately following the service. Gathering at Scuba’s Pourhouse after the cemetery. The service will be live streamed on the Valley Funeral Home Facebook page,
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