2006-01-18 / Obituaries

Rev. Leonard A. Rust

The Rev. Leonard A. Rust, 73, of Cold Spring, NY, died on Monday, January 9, 2006, at Hudson Valley Hospital, Peekskill, NY.

Leonard Rust was born November 1, 1932, in Rock Rapids, Iowa, the son of Alice and Henry Rust. A graduate of Rock Rapids High School, he received a B.A. from the University of Dubuque, Iowa, cum laude, in June 1955.

From 1955-1957 he attended McCormick Seminary in Chicago, and then entered the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. During his studies, he received a Rockefeller Fellowship for an internship at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Bloomfield, NJ and a second fellowship at the Ecumenical Institute at Chateau de Bossey in Celigny, Switzerland. Leonard received the Master of Divinity from the Divinity School in June 1962. He was ordained to the Christian Ministry by the Presbytery of the Palisades at Teaneck, NJ Presbyterian Church, May 26, 1963.

Leonard was installed as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Cold Spring on June 12, 1966. While there, he coordinated a three-year building program to expand the church’s facilities with the addition of a Social Hall, Office, Kitchen, Library and Pastor’s Study. He helped establish the Community Nursery School in 1968. In 1974, he continued his ministry with the City of New York Human Resources Administration, where he did casework and counseling for families, the aged and medically indigent. From 1985 until his retirement in 1995, he worked with homeless men and women.

Leonard was part of the original group formed in the 1970s to restore the Chapel of Our Lady on Market Street, and was currently a member of its Board of Directors.

Surviving is his wife, the former Janet Selleck, who he married on April 2, 1972, and their two children, Susan and Steven; his brother, Clifton Rust, Sioux Falls, SD; sisterin law, Clarice Rust, Rock Rapids, IA; and three nieces and two nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Floyd Rust, and one nephew, Joel Rust. Part of his ashes will be interred in Grand Prairie Cemetery, Ellsworth, MN, and part in the Cold Spring Cemetery, at the convenience of the family.

A memorial service will be held at 11 am, Saturday, January 21, 2006, at St. Mary’s Church in Cold Spring. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to St. Mary’s Church Bell Tower Fund, One Chestnut St., Cold Spring, NY 10516; or to Scholarship Fund, Presbyterian Camp and Conference Assn., Holmes, NY 12531; or to the Music Fund, Chapel of Our Lady Restoration Inc., PO Box 43, Cold Spring, NY 10516.

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