Dana M. Ruetz (nee Studer)

July 17, 1962 - June 9, 2008

Dana Ruetz of Fond du Lac, formerly of Waukesha, passed away Monday, June 9, 2008, after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer at age 45.

Dana graduated from Waukesha North High School in 1980, from Patricia Stevens Career College in 1981 and received an associate’s degree in property management from Waukesha County Technical College in 2004. Dana was currently employed at U.S. Bank in Oshkosh. She was previously employed as business manager for Venture Development and was president of K.V. Builders. Dana also spent time with Pan Am Airlines as a flight attendant.

Dana loved gardening, baking and spending time with her family and friends. Dana had a magnetic personality, a wonderful sense of humor and a kind and caring spirit. She loved being the life of the party and enjoyed quiet times fishing off the pier with her husband at their home on Lake Winnebago.

Dana will be sadly missed by her husband, Mike; stepdaughter, Jessica Ruetz; mother, Judy (Ken) Vondross; sister, Barbara (Ron) Fladwood; brothers, Jim and Jeff (Laurel) Studer; nephews, Austin and Jake Krueger, Max Vondross and Oren Studer; nieces, Ellen Marie Studer and Eve and Nina Galvani; as well as many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends.

Dana was preceded in death by her father, Edward Studer, and stepfather, Roland Books.

The funeral Mass for Dana will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 13, at St. William Catholic Church, 440 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. The Rev. Jason Lavann and the Rev. Thomas Krosnicki will officiate. The visitation for Dana will be Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the 11 a.m. Mass at the church. The visitation Thursday, June 12, will be from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. Burial will immediately follow the Mass on Friday in procession to St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. There will also be a visitation from 4 p.m. until the 7 p.m. vigil service today, June 11, at the Uecker-Witt Funeral Home, 524 N. Park Ave., Fond du Lac.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to Hospice Hope, c/o St. Agnes Hospital Foundation, 239 Trowbridge Drive, Fond du Lac, WI 54935, or the American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, please call 542-6609 or visit for the online obituary or cards of condolence.