Ruth M. Cerroni

Nov. 9, 1931 - Dec. 26, 2009

On Friday, Dec. 26, 2009, Ruth M. Cerroni ended her courageous battle with cancer. In her final days, Ruth was happy at home filled with her faith in the Lord, surrounded by family and friends, in the loving care of her devoted husband, Fred Cerroni.

A woman of charm, energy, wit, incredible strength and beauty, she will be remembered for the love and warmth she extended to all. Her loyalty, her kindness and her love of life and laughter left an indelible mark on all of us.

Ruth never met a stranger; she embraced all with a loving heart, kind word, an unforgettable twinkle in her eye. Ruth met life’s challenges head on with a smile that never wavered, a strength that confronted the most trying times.

Wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and unfaltering friend ... the consummate hostess.

A native of Waukesha, Ruth was born Nov. 9, 1931. Fresh out of high school, Ruth married her sweetheart June 30, 1951, Alfredo (Fred) Cerroni, also of Waukesha, and then moved California. Ruth was employed at Bank America, Escondido, Calif., for 23 years, retired and then moved to Sun City, Ariz. She is survived by her loving husband of more than 58 years, Fred.

Fred and Ruth loved life and celebrated every moment. They traveled throughout the West Coast and Midwest, stopping along the way to spend time with friends and family.

Fred and Ruth have two sons, Michael (Jill) Cerroni of California, Patrick (Dana) Cerroni of Utah; three grandchildren, Eric (Laurie) of Oklahoma, and Ashley and Andrew, both in California; and two great-grandchildren, Ethan Alfredo and Laurel Ruth, both of Oklahoma. Ruth is also survived by a sister, Marie Hendrickson of Waukesha, and a brother, Daniel (Kay) Bergles of Tacomah, Wash.

We are joined in our deep loss and sorrow, but find strength in the power of her memory, her wisdom, her love of life and encouragement to:

Sing no sad songs for me,

Rather, hug those you love even tighter,

Live each day more fully, and always, always realize

The blessings of God.

A celebration of Ruth’s life will be held in spring of 2010 in Waukesha. Please contact her family for further information.