Ruelle J. Holland

Nov. 14, 1922 – Feb. 10, 2014

Ruelle J. Holland of Ottawa died Monday, February 10, 2014, at Three Pillars in Dousman at the age of 91. She was born in Waukesha on November 14, 1922, the daughter of Harvey and Emma (nee Whitemore) Wolfe.

She was a 1940 graduate of Waukesha High School. On April 2, 1942, she married Chester Holland; he preceded her in death on December 31, 1996. Ruelle was a longtime member of Ottawa Presbyterian Church. She was dedicated to the Ottawa Community and enjoyed volunteering as a poll worker. Ruelle was devoted to her family and they meant the world to her. She will always be remembered as a loving and kind wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.

She will be sadly missed by her children, Brian (Margaret) Holland of Oconomowoc and Shari Holland of Gurnee, Ill., her daughters-in-law Carolyn Holland of Madison and Mary Lou (Bill) O’Brien of Hermosa Beach, Calif. She was the dear grandmother of Heather Pauley, Hans (Dianna) Holland, Robert (Lynn) Zeck, Nichelle (Paul) Martin, Tracy Holland, Hayes (Frances) Holland, Ronda (Ed) de Bie, Nick (Vicki) Holland, Neil (fiancée Nora) Holland, Kasie Ruelle Mueller and Luke (fiancee Ahna) Mueller, her great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Randi (Aaron), NazaRae, Jeremiah, Shelby, Jasmine, Shyheem, Dylan, Cierra, Michaela Briana and Devon and two great-great-grandchildren, Madalyn and William. She is further survived by her sister Janice (the late Mel) Turley of Oconomowoc, her sister-inlaw Nora (Harold) Dalman along with many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester; two sons, Bruce and Larry Holland; and two brothers, Floyd and Russell Wolfe.

Visitation will be held Saturday, February 15, from 11 AM until the time of the 12:30 PM funeral service at the Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Burial will immediately follow at Prairie Home Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ruelle’s name are appreciated to the Alzheimer’s Association, 620 S. 76th St., Suite 160, Milwaukee, WI 53214, or to The Chicago Diabetes Project, 840 S. Wood St., Suite 502 M/C 958, Chicago, IL 60612.

Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services is honored to serve the family. For further information, please call the funeral home at 547-4035 or visit our website at for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.