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Charlotte R. (Leap) Rutschman

February 28, 2017

Charlotte R. (Leap) Rutschman 96, died February 28, 2017 at Wesley Hospital in Wichita, Kansas.  She was born November 28, 1920 in Furley, Kansas to Corbit C. and Stella (Bachelder) Leap.  She married James D. Rutschman on May 14, 1944 in Furley, Kansas and he preceded her in death.


Charlotte was a member of Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton, Kansas.  She was a first grade school teacher for 38 years.  She had a passion for teaching children which continued after her retirement.


She is survived by her son and daughter in law Roger and Shari Rutschman of Newton, Kansas; Grandchildren Kathleen Rutschman of Newton Kansas and Blake Solomon of Phoenix, Arizona; great grandchildren Mikayla Cordero of Petaluma, California and Nicholas James Antonowich of Newton, Kansas.


Charlotte is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother Richard Leap and Sister Capitola Simpson


Graveside committal service will be 9:30 a.m., Saturday March 11, 2017 at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton, Kansas. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton, Kansas with Pastor Dawn Yoder Harms presiding.  Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday March 10, 2017 at Petersen Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Memorials are suggested to Bethel College Mennonite Church in Care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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6 thoughts on “Charlotte R. (Leap) Rutschman

  1. So sorry to hear of the loss of such a special lady. Mrs. Rutschman was my first grade teacher back in the 70’s at Sunset Elementary. I have many fond memories of that year.

  2. She not only taught me to read, she taught me to love reading. I never forgot the love she had for teaching. I’m 47 years old now, but I still remember her teaching. She has always been one of my favorite teachers.

  3. My thoughts are with you. Mrs. Rutschman was my first grade teacher at Sunset in 1973 and then my neighbor by Soutbreeze. I’m sure she got tired of seeing me!! She was a very dear and sweet lady of whom I have very fond memories!

  4. Roger,
    I really appreciated knowing both your parents. Your mother always had a smile.

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