Sandra M. Ruetten

March 4, 1939 - Sept. 29, 2008

Sandra M. Ruetten, 69, of Belvidere, Ill. and formerly of Pewaukee, Waukesha and Carpentersville, Ill., died on Monday, Sept. 29, 2008 in her home.

Born March 4, 1939 in Waukesha, she was the daughter of James Stewart and Mary Catherine (nee Schane) Schmidt. On Oct. 10, 1959, she married Alan A. Ruetten in Waukesha. An LPN, she was employed for 14 years by Elgin area nursing homes. Sandra enjoyed ceramics, golf and ballroom dancing. She had been an active volunteer with Kings Road School and the Irving Crown Youth Band Booster Club, as well as, a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Moose Lodge and the Elks Lodge. Sandraís devotion was to her loving husband and the education of her children and grandchildren. Her motto was "Make a friend each day."

Survivors include her husband, Alan; sons, Dr. Scott (Catherine, deceased) Ruetten and Dr. Timothy J. (Dr. Catherine) Ruetten; grandsons, Nathan, Kevin, Jason, Gregory, Bradley, David and Paul; sister, Diane (Bryon) Folts; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the noon memorial service on Saturday, Oct. 4 at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road, Waukesha.

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Church and Chapel Funeral Home and Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Funeral Home are serving the family. For more information, call Church and Chapel at 549-0659.