Barbara Elaine Rubsam, 52, of Newton, Illinois passed away at 4:45 a.m., Saturday, August 23, 2008 at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham, IL.


Barbara Elaine Rubsam, 52, of Newton, Illinois passed away at 4:45 a.m., Saturday, August 23, 2008 at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham, IL.

Funeral mass celebrating Barb's life was held on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Newton, IL with Fr. Al Kemme celebrating mass.  Burial was in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Newton, IL.  Arrangements are under the care of the Blake-Buchanan Funeral Home of Newton.

Barb was born January 5, 1956 in Effingham, IL the daughter of Leroy and Leona (Feldhake) Zacha.  She married Dave Rubsam October 21, 1978; he survives.  Barb was currently employed at ALCO in Newton and was a member of the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Newton.  Barb enjoyed sewing, cooking, fishing, spending time at the cabin, playing with her grandchildren and spending time with her family and friends.

Barb is survived by her husband, Dave Rubsam, of Newton; three children, Angie (Scott) Kocher of Newton, Kara (Matt) Deitz of Ste. Marie and Jared Rubsam (girlfriend Sarah Barthelme) of Newton; two grandchildren, Dawson and Lexie Deitz of Ste. Marie; six sisters, Merita Olson of Effingham, Cheryl (David) Burns of Sullivan, MO, Jane (Rick) Heuerman of Horn Lake, MS, Mary Ann (Paul) Meyer of Effingham, Diana (Dave) Fuesting of Effingham and Theresa (Jerry) Kollman of Beecher City; six brothers, Michael (Cheri) Zacha of Arlington, TX, Daniel (Shirley) Zacha of Stewardson, Ron (Julie) Zacha of Beecher City, Marty (Cheryl) Zacha of Dieterich, Chris (Kim) Zacha of Beecher City and Roger (Judy) Zacha of Shumway; mother-in-law, Kay Rubsam of Newton and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Barb was preceded in death by her parents, brother John Zacha and her father-in-law Paul Rubsam.In loving memory of Barb, memorials may be made to the St. Thomas Catholic Church or donor's choice.