Ruth Esther Bauman

Jan. 31, 1917 – May 28, 2014

Ruth Esther Bauman, 97, of Brookfield, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at Rainbow Hospice of Johnson Creek.

Ruth was born on Jan. 31, 1917, in Waukesha, to Charles and Emma (Lenser) Schroeder. She married Herbert Bauman on June 27, 1937, and the couple enjoyed 33 years of marriage. She was a graduate of Waukesha High School. Prior to Herbert’s death in 1970, Ruth was a homemaker and mother. Starting in 1970, she was employed by First National Bank (now Chase), where she worked as head cashier and employee trainer. Ruth was a lifelong member of Salem United Methodist Church of Waukesha and served with United Methodist Women program. She enjoyed tending to her flower garden, took pride in maintaining her home and loved spending time with her family.

She is survived by: children Marianne (Charles) Schick of Johnson Creek and Ron (Susan Berger) Bauman of Cary, N.C.; grandchildren Lori Schick, Peter (Marie) Schick and Julie (Michael) McAlister; and great-grandchildren Kym, John, Kalynn, Brandon, Alex, Jessica, Chris, Ashley and Madeline. Ruth is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Herbert; grandchildren Yvonne and David; and brothers Earl and Charles.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Salem United Methodist Church of Waukesha.

The family would like to express a special thanks to Pastor Jorge for his Christlike care, dedication and compassion.

Funeral service will be at 11:00AM Tuesday, June 3, at Salem United Methodist of Waukesha with the Rev. Jorge Solis presiding. A visitation will be on Tuesday from 10:00AM until the time of service at the church. Burial will take place at Highland Memorial Garden of New Berlin following the service.

Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Homes is caring for the family. To place an online condolence, please visit