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Paula J. "Jean" (Strathman) Rumsey

May 25, 1949 ~ July 13, 2022 (age 73)


Funeral Services for Paula Jean “Jean” (Strathman) Rumsey, age 73, of Norfolk, will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 23rd at Christ Lutheran Church.  Reverend Jim Carretto will officiate.  Interment will be in New Lutheran Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday, July 22nd, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church.  Home for Funerals is in charge of arrangements.

She returned to her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado.

Jean was born May 25, 1949 in Randolph, Nebraska to Paul and Loraine (Shallberg) Strathman.  She grew up on a small farm until the age of 8 when she and her family moved to Norfolk.  Jean graduated from Norfolk High School in 1967.  She got her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Wayne State followed by a Master’s Degree from Doane College.

She married David Rumsey in 1970, they lived in Pierce and later moved to Norfolk.  They had two sons, Mark and Craig, David and Jean were married for 52 years.

She went on to be a teacher for Norfolk Public Schools for 38 years.  She is remembered for her kindness, patience, and generosity which is why she was so good at her career. 

She adored her grandkids and great grandkids, and would drop everything if they needed her.  She gave them unconditional love.  She was an avid traveler, and took every chance she could get to explore the country.  She enjoyed bird watching, camping, monthly meetings with retirees and traveling friends, and also spending time with family and friends.

Jean was involved in youth education for the Cancer Society, the Pricillas of Christ Lutheran Church, and served on the N.S.E.A. Elkhorn Board of Directors.  She was N.C.E.A. President for a period of time.  Most importantly, she served guidance to her husband, sons, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and over a thousand students.

She will be deeply missed by all of us and her presence will never be forgotten.  However, understanding that she is now watching over each one of us is truly special and we should feel lucky to know that she has our back.

Jean is survived by her husband, David, children Mark (Lisa) Rumsey and Craig (Erin) Rumsey, grandchildren Judson Buescher, Jacob Buescher, Carly Rumsey, Lane Rumsey, and J.D. Rumsey, great grandchildren Rhyder Buescher, Rhett Buescher, and Raleigh Buescher, sisters Joni King, Patty Hutchison, Sherry Gray and Vickie Phillips, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents.


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July 22, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Christ Lutheran Church
605 South 5th Street
Norfolk, NE 68701

Funeral Service
July 23, 2022

10:30 AM
Christ Lutheran Church
605 South 5th Street
Norfolk, NE 68701

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