Ruth A. Holz

Ruth A. Holz (Gerwing), 95, of Watertown, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, died at Beverly Terrace Nursing Home and went to be with Jesus on Friday, Aug. 25, 2006. She was born March 9, 1911 to Gustav and Emma (Schulze) Gerwing in Woodland. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Woodland and attended schools in Woodland. On Oct. 2, 1937 she united in marriage to Roy E. Holz at St. Johnís Lutheran Church. They celebrated their 65th anniversary in 2002. Ruth and Roy joined St. Paulís Lutheran Church in Neosho in 1949. Ruth was a member of the Ladies Aid for 42 years and the Altar Guild for 26 years, where she was a past president and past treasurer of the Ladies Aid and past president, past vice president and past secretary of the Altar Guild. Ruth was also a 4-H leader in Lebanon for 30 years. Ruth and Roy farmed together throughout their married life in various townships and purchased a farm in Lebanon township in 1951, which they farmed until they moved to Watertown in 1989. Ruth and Roy joined St. Luke Lutheran Church in Watertown in 1992. One of Ruthís greatest joys in life was to exchange greeting cards with her relatives and friends.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years; three children, son, Kenny (Shirley) of Hustisford and daughters, Lorraine Hinton of Pewaukee and Shirley (Ray) Gawel of Silver Creek; seven grandchildren, Connie Holz of Hustisford, Sue (Scott) Kuehl of Lebanon, Jennifer Hinton of Waukesha, Mike (Sally) Hinton of Elkhorn, Cyndi (Tom) Smeyers of Grand Haven, Mich., Donna (Mike) Gawel-Miller of Kewaskum and David Gawel of Racine; great-grandchildren, Hannah and Zachary Kuehl, Lyndsey and Taylor Smeyers and Catherine Miller; and two sisters, Erna Weede and Eleanor Schmidt, both of Wautoma. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceding Ruth in death were her parents; three sisters, Emma Gerwing in infancy, Selma Lichtenberg and Magdalena Pieper; one grandson, Daniel Gawel; 11 brothers-in-law; and five sisters-in-law.

The funeral service will be Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006 at 1 St. Lukeís Lutheran Church in Watertown, with Rev. Anthony Schultz, Rev. Mark Gartner and Rev. Herbert Lichtenberg officiating. Visitation was Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006 at Pederson Funeral Home in Watertown and further visitation will be at the church on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006 from noon until the service. Burial will be in the Hustisford Cemetery.

The family would appreciate memorials to St. Lukeís Building Fund or the ROC Center of Watertown.

The family would like to offer a special thanks to the staff at Beverly Terrace and her Hospice nurse, Catherine, for the care they gave Ruth while she resided at Beverly Terrace.