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Ruth E Carlson

December 26, 1936 — June 24, 2023

Wausau

Ruth Carlson, age 86, passed away on June 24, 2023.

Ruth was born in Elkhorn, WI to Wallace and Eleanor Babcock. Ruth met Ramert Carlson while he was serving in the Air Force. They were married on November 26,1955 in Elkhorn, WI.

After raising 5 children, she went to work full time at the Gamut. She worked at the junior high as a library aid and subbed as a paraprofessional in the DC Everest Area School District. In retirement, Ruth and Ramert volunteered 8 years at St. Claire’s Hospital Center.

Ruth was also a faithful member and volunteer at her church, St. John’s of Wausau. She served as president and member of the ECW. Every year she helped organize the Christmas cookie fundraiser where she baked and decorated hundreds of cookies. She also made the palm crosses for Palm Sunday Service each year. In the summer, Ruth planted and maintained the gardens in the church courtyard.

As true Wisconsinites, Ruth and Ramert spent 23 winters in Orange Beach, Alabama where they made lasting friendships.

Ruth was an avid gardener, painter, and holiday decorator. She loved to sew and made Halloween costumes for her children and grandchildren each year.

Ruth loved and cared for every person she met. She was a kind friend, co-worker, and neighbor. Above all, she loved her family. If you met Ruth, you knew her family because she was always so proud of them and generous with her stories.

She is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Ramert; children: Bob (Deb) Carlson of Kiel, Susan Carlson of Chanhassen, Mike (Carolyn) Carlson of Eau Claire, and Rick (Terri) Carlson of New Berlin; grandchildren: Sara Carlson, Dan (Kellie) Carlson, Anna (Brett Petrie) Carlson, Catie (Allen Prueher) Carlson-Prueher, Emily Carlson, Ashley Carlson, Megan (Ethan) Littel, Alex Carlson, and Jacob Carlson; great-grandchildren: Kaylee, Carter, and Sullivan Carlson; sister: Carol (Tom) Collins; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Wallace and Eleanor Babcock; son, David Carlson; sister, Peggy Slack; and great-granddaughter, Matilda Carlson.

Visitation for Ruth Carlson will be held on Friday, July 7th from 9-11am with the Memorial Service starting at 11 at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Wausau with Father David Klutterman officiating. Helke Funeral Home, Inc is serving the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials go to St John's Episcopal Church in Wausau, WI.

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