Jeanne Marie Pusch, 96 of Taylorville, passed away at 9:18pm on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at her home in Taylorville. She was born on May 27, 1924 in Chicago, the daughter of Theodore W and Marie (Abbott) Anderson. She married Glenn Darrell Pusch on July 3, 1954 in the Grace EUB Church in Chicago, and he preceded her in death on January 30, 2019. Jeanne attended Chicago Teachers College and earned her master’s degree in Mathematics from Loyola University. She taught 4th grade for several years in Chicago before starting a family. Glenn and Jeanne moved to Taylorville in 1975, where they made their life-long home. Following working from home raising their children, Jeanne went to work for the Sangamon Company for 8 years and also spent time substitute teaching, teaching homebound students, and tutoring. Jeanne was a long-time member of the Taylorville Presbyterian Church, active in many aspects of the church’s ministry including being a member of the choir and bell choir, Presbyterian Women, Outreach Committee chair, Elder, Deacon, and others. She was a member of the St. Vincent Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, active in helping with the gift shop and holiday bazaar. Jeanne and Glenn were very active with the Taylorville Sertoma Club, both serving as President of the organization at different times. She was an avid bridge player and active with the Beta Sigma Phi sorority.
Jeanne had a passion for travel that started when she was 10 years old. As a child, her family attended the Chicago World’s Fair where her interest in travel was sparked. In 1940 her family took a weeks-long trip to the Golden Gate Exposition in California, seeing many of the country’s landmarks and national parks along the way. The following year the family spent time traveling east, to attend the exposition held in New York. She traveled to many destinations in her younger years, and her travels continued when she and Glenn married. Together they traveled the world, embarking on 10 Elder Hostel trips to destinations as far away as New Zealand. Glenn and Jeanne also enjoyed taking many cruises to the Caribbean, the Baltic, and South America. Their last big adventure was celebrated with their entire family, a 2-week cruise exploring the Mediterranean, a memory that will never be forgotten.
Jeanne is survived by her son: Dr. Gordon Pusch of Naperville; daughters: Kathryn "Kathy" Huddleston (Joe) of Little River, South Carolina, and Amy Elizabeth Adler (Dave) of Naperville; grandchildren: Brady Huddleston of Indian Trail, North Carolina and Tanner Beck of Chicago; 2 nieces and 2 nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother: Theodore Anderson II.
Mrs. Pusch will be cremated, and a memorial service will be held at 11:00am, on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at the Taylorville First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Michael Evanchak officiating. Visitation will take place from 10:00am until the time of the service Saturday in the church. Following the memorial service, family and friends are invited for a coffee reception at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jeanne’s memory may be made to the Taylorville First Presbyterian Church, Taylorville Memorial Hospital Foundation, or God’s Littlest Angels, Haitian Baby Ministry, www.glahaiti.org. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Jeanne, or condolences to the family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.