Alice Ruesch Bleak

Alice Ruesch Bleak, age 86, passed away due to natural causes on December 17, 2020 in St. George, UT.  She was born November 1, 1934 in Hurricane, UT to Clifford and Eleanor Isom Ruesch.  Her mother passed away when she was 9 years old and she became the lady of the house. Although she only had the brief influence of her mother, she was a wonderful mother to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  She graduated from Hurricane High School in 1952.  She graduated from Dixie College in 1954.  She graduated from University of Utah School of Nursing in 1958.  In 2017 she traveled to Salt Lake City to attend the reunion of her nursing school class and was honored with all nurses who had graduated at least 50 years earlier.  She loved being a nurse and used her nursing skills throughout her life to bless others.  She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints her whole life.

Duane and Alice were married September 10, 1956.  When the temple president, Harold S. Snow heard they were planning to be married in the Manti Temple because the St. George Temple was closed, he was incensed! “We’re not going to have one of our own going someplace else to get married,” he announced.  The St. George Temple was opened-just for their marriage-then it was closed again. It was when they got their marriage license that Alice learned the real date of her birth: November 1, 1934. Her birthday was always celebrated on Halloween. When she questioned her Dad, he admitted that she was born on November 1st, but used October 31st as her birth date in order to get her into school a year earlier. She was 21 years old before she learned her real birthday.

Alice has lived in Utah, California, Texas, and Washington, but eventually returned “home” to Southern Utah, after her husband retired from IBM in 1987.  After Duane retired, they traveled the countryside in their fifth wheel trailer with their dear friends Dave and Barbara Watkins, Roy and Ramona Lawson and Jim and Joan Ballard.  They traveled abroad to the Amazon River, Africa, Hawaii, and China.

She loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping, boating, water skiing and fishing and never did catch and release.  Spending time at Lake Powell was a favorite family recreational activity. In her later years she and Duane served a mission to Church’s Deseret Industries.  Alice was a wonderful example of living the gospel and always tried to follow the example of Christ.  She was a great example to her children and those around her by serving in the many callings in the church.  Alice loved to sew and make quilts.  She made all her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren Levi quilts.  Later in life she took up oil painting and proudly displayed her artwork in her home.

Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Duane; parents, Clifford and Eleanor Ruesch; brothers McLaren Ruesch and DelRoy Ruesch.

She is survived by her sons, Dan (Jolynn) Blake of Keller, TX, and Kenneth (Kelley) Blake of Roy, Washington; daughter, Susan (Michael) Wynn of Basin, WY; 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; sisters, Clara Maxwell of Glendale, UT; Cynthia Grady of Las Vegas, NV; a brother, George (Carolyn) LeBaron of St. George, UT.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, January 4, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 South Bluff St, St. George, UT. A viewing will be held from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. before the funeral. We are requesting that face coverings be worn for the safety of everyone and limiting attendance to family and close friends due to Covid restrictions to 100 total attendance.  The services will be broadcast for others interested in celebrating her life, please log in to Type in the event number 43832 and password ARB2020. Services may be viewed up to 90 days after the service. Interment will be at the St. George City Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank the staff and owners Joel and Shauna Horne at the Beehive Homes in which she resided at the time of her passing and Deb Rozema, her nurse from Zion’s Way Home Health & Hospice.  We so appreciate the love, care and compassion especially in her final days.

In lieu of flowers please donate to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Humanitarian Fund in her memory.

Arrangements are under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, St. George (435) 673-2454.  Friends and family are invited to sign her online guestbook at www.spilsburymortuary.com 



9:30 – 10:30 AM

Second Visitation


11:00 AM


Spilsbury Mortuary Chapel
110 S. Bluff
St. George, UT


St. George City Cemetery
650 E Tabernacle Street
St. George, Utah

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10 Responses

  1. The entire Margaret Beatty clan was sad to hear of Alice’s passing. Our mother cherished her childhood friend, and as a family we were so grateful Alice was by her side when she passed. Maybe they’re up in heaven naming all the Franks who are there. ☺️

  2. I had known dear Alice all her life, and my life has been enriched at every stage through this association. Our mothers were sisters who got their young families together frequently when they were young, and we saw each other occasionally throughout our lives-too often at funerals. We were living with our husbands in California at the same time–in different cities–and got together a few times there, and I later visited her in St. George. The last time I saw this treasured cousin was just a few years ago in Salt Lake at a “cousins party” hosted by our cousin David Isom. It was a joy seeing her again! Even though we have gone years between meetings, I was always comforted knowing “she was there.” I miss her already.

  3. We were sorry to hear of Alice’s passing. We enjoyed having her as our “over-the-fence neighbor” when we moved to Saint George. She was a delightful and interesting lady and we miss her in our neighborhood very much!

  4. Alice and I were friends starting in Hurricane Elementary School, High School and we roomed together for one year at Dixie Junior College, both planning to become nurses. She did it but I met my husband to be that first year so didn’t get it done. I’m proud of her for accomplishing it. Since that time, we have met up some, especially in the last 15 years and I have admired her and we would always help each other at class reunions and at a book club. She has always been a true, blue good friend and I will always remember her with love in my heart.

  5. My friend Alice of twenty years was one of the most authentic persons that I have ever known. I found her honest yet sarcastic whit to be very refreshing and her black and white way of living was a true inspiration. She will be greatly missed until we meet up again.
    Kaylene Egbert

  6. Dan and Jolynn —
    She was a great Mom, and loved and appreciated you and the boys. We enjoyed having your parents in our home and getting to know them. You can take comfort in knowing you were very good to her and so were Brent and Jared. I bet she enjoyed those great granddaughters.
    She shared the recipe for her “St. George salad” and I still make it.
    Love, Darlene T. Goulding

  7. We express our sympathy to the family of Alice. We loved both her and Duane but know that she is happy again being with her sweetheart. Due to health issues we are unable to attend.

  8. Dear Dan, Susie and Kenny,
    It’s comforting to feel those arms around you from those who have gone before. Today we felt those arms like a mother hen gathers her chicks. You know as well as we do, that our loved ones watch over us and are concerned about our welfare. They will comfort you with peace as you navigate the coming months. Many amazing tributes spoken today in her honor that were heart warming.
    I think your mother would of been proud of her family. Her memory will live on in the hearts of many, especially her posterity.
    Thinking of you and praying for strength and peace as you navigate these difficult days ahead.

  9. Dear Dan, Susie and Kenny,

    John and I have been thinking about your parents the past few weeks, especially , as our youngest daughter struggled to find a Nanny for her daughter. We reminisced about the kindness of your Mom. I decided tonight to search for your Mom and stumbled into this obituary. I am sad that we were not able to visit her at all. Alice babysat our oldest son, Kurt, when he was 2 years old (1985). My Manager, Austin, who is also a member of your church heard about a series of bad experiences we had with home daycare so he asked your Mom if she can look after Kurt at your home. Your Mom did not need the money but out of the goodness of her heart, accepted our son in your home. Alice treated Kurt like her own grandson. I would find them baking bread or cookies in the kitchen and/or reading to him when I came by to pick him up. She took a photo of Kurt reading in a bucket (for drinks) and we still have the picture to this day. A year later when Kurt was ready to attend preschool, she wrote Kurt a poem, put it inside a backpack and delivered it to our house on Halloween. I was sad about the change and I can tell that Alice was too because she’s fallen in love with our little fellow. Alice was an important influence in Kurt’s life and part of his village. He graduated at University of California – San Diego (2001), has two sons age 6 and 3 and owns his own UPS franchise. He was sad sad about the news of her passing as well. I hope that someday we can pay our respects to your Mom. She is a woman of God who practices her faith. We are blessed to get to know her.

    Sending you hugs and prayers,
    John, Sylvia and Kurt

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