(Rae) Jeannine Nusbaum died of natural causes on August 12, 2022, at Agrace Hospice where she was a long-time volunteer.
Jeannine was born to Leslie and Rachel (Quale) West on December 30, 1932. Growing up in Madison, Wisconsin, she graduated from East High School in 1950 and was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church. She married Joe Nusbaum, having been previously married to Ken Verley and Vince Valenza.
Jeannine worked for the Wisconsin Department of Administration for many years until she moved to Salt Lake City, UT in 1978 where she worked for the Utah State Senate. In her retirement years, she and Joe traveled extensively in their RV and enjoyed working summer seasons in many national parks.
Jeannine was a friend and mentor to so many over the years. She was an active volunteer for a variety of causes all her adult life, from counseling abused women to offering companionship and support to the elderly. Jeannine was driven to make a positive difference to all those whose paths she crossed and will be dearly missed.
Jeannine is survived by three sons, Steve Valenza (Madison), Dave Valenza (Madison), Mike Valenza (Salt Lake City), and four beloved granddaughters (Briana, Chandra, Alyssa, and Samantha). She is also survived by Joe's daughter Judith Nusbaum Hambury of Groton, NY and son Mark Nusbaum of Medellin, Columbia. She was preceded in death by son Ron Valenza, husband Joe, her parents, and brothers Leslie and David West.
The family would like to thank some very special friends who offered an incredible level of love and support over the last several years of Moms life: Sylvia Bowden, Dawn Grelle (A New Dawn), and Kelly Mahoney. We would also like to thank the wonderful staffs at The Waterford, Vista West, and Agrace.
There will be a private service and celebration of life at a later date. Jeannine will be commemorated along with the rest of her family at Riverside Cemetery in Stoughton, WI.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Olbrich Gardens in Jeannine's name would be greatly appreciated.
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