Jacqueline Anne Roth Kussman, age 85, mother, wife, grandmother, and sister, passed away on Thursday, June 24, 2021.
Jacky was born in Ste. Genevieve, MO on January 30, 1936, the fifth of nine children born to Cornelius (Kernet) and Thresa Roth. She graduated from Valle Catholic High School in Ste. Genevieve in 1953 and attended St. Mary’s Nursing School in Kansas City, MO, graduating in 1961 as the top student of her class.
During her studies at St. Mary’s, a blind date led to her 53-year marriage to Robert D. Kussman. They married at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Zell, MO on October 14, 1961. Their union produced 7 loving children, 16 grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. Jacky spent most of her married life in Chariton County, while remaining strongly connected to her family and friends in her beloved Ste. Genevieve.
Jacky was a nurturing and present mother and wife. A prolific cook, she fed many mouths around her large kitchen table. She imparted her values of hard work, perseverance, and service and encouraged her children’s independence at an early age. Her faith was steadfast as a dedicated servant of the Catholic faith, and she served as a long-time church organist. She was known for her quiet smile and graceful demeanor, kind heart, and giving nature.
Creative and artistic, Jacky expressed herself through her love of music, painting, gardening, and reading. She was known for her magical green thumb and spent joyful hours working in the hot summer sun amidst her magnificent flowers, the ultimate bright and beautiful expression of her talents.
Licensed as a Registered Nurse for over 50 years, Jacky worked at North Kansas City Hospital, the Chariton County Health Department and the Brunswick Nursing Home. Throughout her nursing career, Jacky was known for treating people of all ages with tremendous compassion, kindness, and respect.
Jacky is preceded in death by her husband, Robert; her parents; sisters Arneda Turner, Rovina Ralph, and Stephanie Carron; and brothers Richard Roth and Jerry Roth.
She is survived by her children: Tom Kussman of Dalton, MO; Joe Kussman of Dalton, MO; Thresa Kussman of Brunswick, MO; Ellen Kussman Feghali of Ashland, VA; Kate (Rob) Varney of Lansing, KS; Jennifer White of Marshall, MO; and John (Angie) Kussman of North Kansas City, MO; her grandchildren and great grandchild. In addition, she is survived by her siblings: Joyce White of Ste. Genevieve, MO; James Robert Roth of Sikeston, MO; and Cynthia Roth-Murray of Union, MO.
Jacky’s funeral Mass is scheduled for 10 am on Saturday, July 3, 2021, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Brunswick, MO. All are invited to attend the luncheon following her Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery, Brunswick, MO or to the Sisters of St. Francis, Savannah, MO and mailed to The Kussmans, 302 W. Harrison St., Brunswick, MO 65236.