Terry Dean Fusco

August 3, 1944 ~ August 29, 2020 (age 76)


Terry Dean Fusco, age 76, of Shelby, Nebraska, passed away August 29, 2020 at Annie Jeffrey Memorial County Health Center in Osceola.
A Celebration of Life service for the public will be held Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at the Shelby Football Field. Please wear your school colors.  Due to current COVID-19 health mandates, practice social distancing by maintaining at least 6 feet among attendees, family, staff, and clergy. Face masks are strongly encouraged.
A private family Memorial Mass will be held on Monday,  September 14 at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shelby with Fr. John Sullivan officiating. A Rosary will be held one half hour prior to the service at 10:00 a.m. Organist will be Avis Rathje. Soloist will be Leslie Kuhnel. Honorary pallbearers will be Colton, Lindsey, and Tyson Trotter, Shayla (Trotter) Varney, Gavin, Lillie, and Samuel Fusco, Kaylee, Chase and Erica Fusco, John Rasmussen, Keith Jurrens, any student, any athlete, any teacher or administrator that he worked with or mentored. Inurnment will be in the Shelby Cemetery.
Terry was born August 3, 1944 to Peter S. and Donna M. (Maxwell) Fusco in Beatrice, Nebraska. He attended school at St. Patricks elementary and graduated from Pius X in 1962. He attended UNL where he received his Bachelors degree, and Kearney State College for his Masters. He later received his Specialist in Principleship from Concordia University in Seward.
On January 29, 1966 he was united in marriage to Marie Louise Schmal in Lincoln. To this union three children were born.
Terry began his career in education at Shelby schools as a K-12 PE teacher, 9-12 Physical Science teacher, Drivers Ed instructor, football, basketball and track coach, Activities Director, and Elementary Principal, retiring in 2004. He then took a job as Administrative Consultant of Reading First for the State of Nebraska.
He was a member of the Coaches Association, Nebraska Education Assoc., Nebraska Council of School Administrators, Annie Jeffrey Hospital Board, Shelby Community Library Board, ESU 7 Board, Sacred Heart Catholic Church board, and founder of Shelby/Rising City Booster Club.
Survivors include his wife Marie of Shelby; daughter Becky (Jess) Trotter of Arcadia, son Mark (Heather) Fusco of Lincoln, and son Steve (Dani) Fusco of Lincoln; grandchildren: Colton, Shayla (Chris) Varney, Lindsey and Tyson Trotter, Gavin, Lily and Samuel Fusco, Kaylee, Chase and Erica Fusco; one brother David (Sharon) Fusco of Lincoln; sisters Charlotte Boe of Lincoln, and Barb (Dan) Hruby of Lincoln, many nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Peter and Donna; in-laws Frank Sr. and Odelia Schmal; one brother-in-law Frank Schmal Jr.

Memorials are suggested to the Shelby-Rising City School.
Dubas Funeral Home of Osceola and Stromsburg has been entrusted with arrangements.


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Celebration of Life
September 13, 2020

6:30 PM
Shelby Football Field

Memorial Mass
September 14, 2020

10:30 AM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Shelby)

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