WAUKESHA/ BROOKFIELD

Clara F. Rukas

Clara F. Rukas (nee Warrington) joined her beloved husband, Charles H. Rukas in heaven Aug. 23, 2010, at age 90. Clara died peacefully surrounded by family.

Born in Nashua, N.H., Clara lived in various locations during her lifetime. She resided in Sugar Land, Texas, near her daughter, at the time of her death.

She was the beloved mother of Chuck Rukas of Mount Vernon, Ore., Maureen Rogers of Sugar Land, Sharon (Jay) Ferstenfeld of Brookfield, Mary Beth (Robert) Hicks of Arbutus, Md., Patricia (Art) Anderson of Norwich, England, and Sheila (William) Breeden of Norfolk, Va.; loving grandmother of 11 and proud great-grandmother ("GG") of 16 (soon to be 18); and dear sister of Paul (Claire) Warrington of Merrimack, N.H. She is further survived by other relatives and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Mary Warrington; three brothers; and two sisters.

Clara proudly served as a nurse in World War II in the Army Air Force, where she met and married her husband, Charles, of 42 years. She retired with the rank of second lieutenant. Clara lived in the Waukesha/Brookfield area for 30 years, continuing her nursing career at Waukesha Memorial Hospital until her retirement.

Clara was a devoted, always cheerful and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and will be deeply missed by her family and all whose lives she touched.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial Friday, Oct. 8, at St. John Vianney Church, 1755 N. Calhoun Road, Brookfield. Interment will be held at Wisconsin Memorial Park following the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated in Clara’s name to a charity of your choice.

Becker Ritter Funeral Home, 782-5330, is assisting the family.