Ruth Lydia Kluetz passed away peacefully at Mount View Care Center on July 24, 2018 at the age of 97.
Ruth was born May 28, 1921 in the Town of Stettin to the late Ernest and Laura (Neitzke) Mathwich. On October 25, 1941 she was joined in marriage to Clarence Kluetz at Immanuel Lutheran Church in the Town of Stettin. He preceded her in death on April 5, 1994.
Ruth was a special Mom and Grandma and enjoyed gatherings whenever her family could be together. She took great joy in her grandchildren. The many Christmas Eve celebrations will be cherished memories for her family. She was a wonderful baker and cook – her homemade vegetable soup was the best! She also loved her flower gardens and feeding the birds. Ruth truly loved her family and she also loved her church. She had a strong faith in God which she instilled in her children. For 35 years she and Clarence served as custodians at First English Lutheran Church. After Clarence passed away, Ruth continued her custodial work and enjoyed volunteering as well. Her favorite was the Altar Guild which she took great pride in.
Ruth is survived by her eight children, Jerry (Jean), Schofield, David (Ruth Ann), Marinette, Jane (Wayne) Schalow, Wausau, Dale (Patricia), Plover, Kathi Bittner, Marilyn, Debra, and Sue (Neil) Juedes, all of Wausau; daughter-in-law Alice (John) Hielsberg, Iola; twelve grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Jeanette Mathwich, Wausau; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband Clarence, she was preceded in death by one son, Phil, one daughter, Barbara, one grandson, John, one brother, Gordon, and her five sisters Johanna, Margaret, Dorothy, Naomi and Gladys.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at First English Lutheran Church, Wausau. The Reverend Erik Olson will officiate. Burial will be in Rib View Cemetery, Town of Stettin. Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31 at Helke Funeral Home, Wausau and again from 10:00 a.m. Wednesday until the time of the service at the church. Helke Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements; you may sign our family guestbook at helke.com.
Ruth’s family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the staff at Mount View Care Center, especially the nurses and CNA staff at Evergreen Place for their loving and compassionate care given to Mom during her stay.