Rhonda Rae “Nana” Brusso
Aug 8, 1952 – Jan 3, 2021
Rhonda Rae (Stapleton) Brusso born August 8, 1952 in Topeka, Kansas, to Walter Stapleton and Willa Mae Stapleton. She graduated from Nickerson high school in 1970 and Hutchinson Community College in 1975. Rhonda worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield for 33 years. We know she would want us to give a shout out to all her favorite co-workers she spent so much time with over the years.
Rhonda was the epitome of livsnjutare— with an indomitable spirit. She had great love for all things outdoors and lived an active, vigorous lifestyle. Always on the go. There was no sitting around for Rhonda. She was on the move 7 days a week.
Rhonda was very active in the Omaha community over the decades not only with her charitable donations, but she was also very hands on and giving of her time. One may even describe Rhonda as an eleutheromaniac— a true American patriot who loved her country and the American flag.
Rhonda also had a great passion for sports. She loved going to see all her family members who participated in sporting activities in person. She enjoyed other live sporting events and concerts as well. She was a youth coach for her son’s soccer team and daughter’s softball team. She was a huge KC Chiefs fan.
She had a zest for travel and seeing things she had never seen. Ocean to ocean and multiple countries along her road of life. Some of her favorite travels were in her home state of Kansas with her mom and sisters. With the goal of seeing and visiting every square inch of her home state during her favorite time of year, in the summertime, with, THE GIRLS. Rhonda was also an avid reader with a great desire for never ending knowledge.
For those who spent time with her, Rhonda had an amazing improvisational sense of humor and a laugh that will be remembered by all those who heard. But most of all she had an adoring love for her family, immediate and extended. Over the years she became Nana as she devoted so much of her time to her grandchildren. We know she would want every single family member, far and wide to know she loved you all and absolutely loved being able to be a part of all your lives.
Rhonda had the most unique of souls, who brought kindness, light, and laughter to everyone she encountered. Rhonda’s story could not be told without mentioning her love for animals. So many in her neighborhood knew her from her daily walks over the years with her dogs Molly, Scotty, Sweeney, and Fozzy.
For her husband Jan she was his best friend and a vivacious wife of 43 years. For her 2 children as a mom, she was the Greatest of All Time and she was a Nana who will be remembered forever.
She is survived by her mother, Willa Mae Stapleton of Hutchinson, KS; husband, Jan Brusso of Omaha, NE; son, Michael Brusso of Omaha, NE; daughter, Anne (Dante) Mack of Omaha NE; grandchildren: Hope Brusso, Dante Mack Jr, Gage Mack, Cameron Mack of Omaha, NE; sisters: Debby (Eddie) Aleman, Nancy (Ron) Krafels, Barb (Dave) Moore of Hutchinson, KS; many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews and many cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Stapleton; sister, Diane Stapleton.
A Celebration of Rhonda’s Life will be held SAT, 2:00PM at West Center Chapel. Memorials are suggested in Rhonda’s name to Nebraska Humane Society.