Ruth Paquette passed away Sunday 17 2010 at her daughter”s home in Phoenix, Arizona.
Ruth was born January 2, 1912 in St. Louis, MO, the daughter of William and Alice Hill Struebing. The family moved to Evanston, IL where Ruth grew up and attended school, graduating from Evanston Township High School in 1929. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating in the Class of 1933 with a BA in education. Ruth returned to the University earning her Masters Degree in 1970.
Ruth married Oscar Joseph Paquette on June 12, 1937. The couple raised their family in Beaver Dam. Ruth taught English and Reading at the Beaver Dam Junior High School. After retiring from her teaching career, she went on to a second career with Fannie Mae Candy Company. She retired from Fannie Mae when she was 80 years old. She kept her own home until she was 90.
Ruth lived the past eight years of her life with her daughters and their families in Michigan, Arizona and Wisconsin. Ruth was an accomplished pianist and an avid Packer and Badger fan. She loved to travel, to read and to learn new things. She loved her Yorkshire Terriers, and above all, her three girls.
Ruth is survived by her three daughters, Laurie (David) Propst of Beaver Dam; Alice (Jack) Gergen of Hastings, MI; and Linda Kirsh of Phoenix, AZ. She had six grandchildren; Scott (Jenn) Propst of Denver, CO, John (Missy) Gergen of Medusa, NY, Alison (Cole) Bowen of DeWitt, MI, Matthew Paquette Gergen of Grand Rapids, MI, Meredith Kirsh of Phoenix, AZ, and Megan Kirsh of DeKalb, IL; and five great grandchildren. Ruth is also survived by her sister, Fern Celeste Kirtland of Bloomington, IN and loving nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, “Pac”, in 1972.
Friends may call at the Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam on Saturday, January 30, 2010 from 1:00 PM until the time of services at 2:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorials, if desired, may be made to the Beaver Dam Educational Foundation or the Dodge County Humane Society.
The Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is serving the family. To leave condolences, for directions and other information, please visit our website at www.MurrayFH.com.
Saturday, January 30th, 2010, 2:30pm
St. Patrick’s Cemetery-Beaver Dam