Hafemeister Funeral Home And Cremation Service
Ruth L. Smith
December 17, 1923 - April 18, 2018 (Age 94)
Ixonia, WI
Service: April 28, 2018
Ruth L. Smith
Ruth L. Smith, 94, of Ixonia, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Aurora Medical Center in Summit.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ixonia with Rev. Joel Free officiating. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Family and friends may gather at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials, if desired, may be directed to the church, Ixonia EMS or the charity of one’s choice. Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
Ruth L. Degner was born on December 17, 1923 in Ixonia, the daughter of Alex and Meta (nee Neitzel) Degner. On October 21, 1950 she was united in marriage to Harold F. Smith at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ixonia. Harold preceded her in death on January 7, 2004. She was a faithful, lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ixonia. Ruth cared for over 100 children until the age of 83. She was known as “Grandma Ruthie” to so many. She enjoyed baking, bingo, playing cards and bowling in her younger years.
Ruth is survived by four daughters: Patricia (Ray) Bowling of Watertown, Linda Smith of Ixonia, Joyce (Paul) Lewandowski of Oconomowoc and Mary (Mark) Ulatowski of Watertown; three sons, Gerald (Juliet Branca) Smith of St. Paul, MN, David (Kathryn) Smith of Ixonia and Robert Smith, also of Ixonia; twenty-two grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; son-in-law, John Gartzke as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was further preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Nancy Gartzke; granddaughter, Jessica Olp; grandson, Andrew Smith; great-granddaughters, Olivia Kletsch and Joey Bowling as well as siblings, Carl Degner, Melvin Degner and Dorothy Schuett. She was the last member of her immediate family.
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