May 10, 1949-April 24, 2011
RUPERT — Mary Ann Nutsch-Barinaga, 61 years young, of Rupert, passed away at her home on Easter, April 24, 2011.
She was born on May 10, 1949, in Wendell, Idaho, to Raymond and Ursula Nutsch. She was raised in the Jerome area and attended schools in Jerome, graduating in 1967.
She met an ambitious, young Basquo, with a charming accent, on a blind date, and she and Joe were married on Feb. 2, 1971. Mary Luisa made her debut later that year, and Jennifer Jo joined the young family in 1974. Mary Ann worked in various potato industries until she gave it up to be a full-time mom, and to support Joe in his endeavors that included hay hauling, a dairy farm, and finally a cattle operation that they were involved with at the time of her passing.
Volunteer was her career, and she was born with a servant’s heart. She loved her church family at the Rupert United Methodist Church and would cheerfully and quietly serve in any aspect she was asked to. She served as president for the United Methodist Women, chairperson for the Christian Education Committee, financial secretary, and Sunday school teacher…all up until her illness forced her into a retirement from the jobs she loved serving in. She especially loved working with the children’s programs, spending many consecutive years planning Vacation Bible School, Sunday school, Advent workshops, children’s church and Easter Brunch egg hunts. Any child who graced the doors at the Rupert Methodist Church found themselves being somehow ministered to by Mary Ann.
Her hobbies included embroidery, crocheting, gardening, and church activities. Many of her lifelong friendships were forged on the Monday afternoon bowling league, as well. A good deal of her time was also devoted to being a dedicated grandma to her five grandchildren. No babysitter was ever needed, and no request was ever turned down.
Her mourning survivors include her husband, Joe Antonio; daughters, Mary (Randy) Bauscher and Jennifer (Cliff) Hieb; grandchildren, Anthony Barinaga, Erin Hieb, Logan Hieb, Madison Hieb and Ashlyn Hieb, all from Rupert; her siblings, Carl (Anita) Nutsch, Roger (Susan) Nutsch and John (Carrie) Nutsch, all of Jerome, Andy (Delores) Nutsch of American Falls, and Diana (Gib) Belasquez of Wendell; brother-in-law, Joe Luis of Rupert; along with numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.
A viewing for family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at Hansen Mortuary, 710 Sixth St., in Rupert, with a service planned at 11 a.m. Friday, May 6, at the Rupert United Methodist Church with Pastor Pam Meese officiating. Burial will be at the Rupert Cemetery.
The family would like to thank the Minidoka Home Health team, especially Joye Simpson, who went above and beyond normal business hours to help us care for our wife and mother.
In lieu of flowers, Mary Ann had requested that gifts in memory of her be given to the church she loved so much (Rupert United Methodist) for the stained glass window fund. What a lovely memory of a beautiful woman a stained glass window would be!