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Obituary: Audrey B. (McCuskey) Rustad, 80


December 28, 2018

Audrey B. (McCuskey) Rustad, age 80 of Wrenshall, passed away on Friday December 28, 2018 at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. She was born on January 28, 1938 to Ignatz and Ester (DuFrane) Pionk in Kerrick Township. Audrey married Vernon Rustad August 7, 1975. She was employed as a bus driver with the Wrenshall School District for 38 years and with Pine Ridge Homes.

Audrey loved cooking, gardening, sewing and camping. She adored her grandchildren and loved a good game of cribbage. Audrey always hit the dance floor when a favorite Polka song was played. She was a people person that enjoyed spending time with friends laughing and having a good time.

Audrey was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Lawrence McCuskey; and brothers, Robert Pionk, Richard Pionk, and Virgil Varnes. She is survived by her husband, Vernon Rustad; her children, Randy (Angie) McCuskey, Brenda (Paul) Agurkis, Marty (Gina Villalta) McCuskey, Kelvin McCuskey and Nicholas (Travis Greeley) Rustad; step-daughters, Addy (Mike) Tardy and Cheryl Rustad Kaplan; her siblings, Duane (Sandy) Pionk, Erma (Mel White) Katchmark, and Irvin Varnes; grandchildren, Jason (Kim) McCuskey, Daisha McCuskey, Abby (Jeff Bright) Loucks, Cara (Jim) Gotham, Kristen McCuskey, Rachel (Pete) Agurkis, Nicole Agurkis, Weston Tardy, Robin (Jason Fredricks) Tardy, Max Tardy, Jen Kaplan, and Mitch Kaplan; great-grandchildren, Eli McCuskey, Grant Gotham, and Norie Bright; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Should friends desire, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 2, 2019 from 12:00 pm until the 1:00 pm Funeral Service in Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet. A time of fellowship and luncheon will follow the service. See the family online guest book at


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