Ruth (Dumphy) Van Dinter

A funeral service was held at St. Francis Borgia-North on Monday for Ruth (Dumphy) Van Dinter, who passed away at her home in Cedarburg, where she lived since 1970, on September 21, 2006, with her family at her side. Intombment will be at Resurrection Cemetery, Donges Bay Road, Mequon. Mueller Funeral Home in Cedarburg is servicing the family.

Ruth was born Dec. 7, 1923 in Rochester, N.Y., daughter of the late James and the late Gertrude (Kellerson) Dumphy.

Ruth served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, where she met and married her husband of 57 years on Oct. 2, 1948. She was a member of the American Legion Post 288 of Cedarburg. The American Legion will have a walk-through with military honors.

Her greatest joy was her family and she devoted her entire life to fulfillment of the roles of wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved spending time with her family, quilting, knitting and collecting dolls. She was an avid quilter & knitter. Children of the area were warmer because of the hats, mittens and quilts she made and donated to Brother Booker of St. Bonifice Parish, Holiday Cheer Givers, Family Sharing and St. Francis Borgia Parish. In the 1960s she worked at Home Mutual Insurance Co. (Secura), Appleton, where she was the supervisor of the filing department.

She is survived by her loving husband, Robert L. Van Dinter Sr. of Cedarburg. She is blessed with six children, Ellen (Louie) Mischer, Little Chute, Vicki Van Dinter, Menasha, Jane (John) Swanson, Janesville, Rich (Jeanne) Van Dinter, Cedarburg, Debbie (Jon Saporito) Van Dinter-White, Cedarburg, Bob (Robin) Van Dinter, Jr., Cedarburg; 15 grandchildren, Bryan (Shayni) Mischler, Kim Mischler, Connie (Troy) Hoehne, Chris Kline, Lisa (James) Schuenke, David Sipple, Jared Swanson, Justin (Anne) Swanson, Julia Swanson, Jordan Swanson, Joelle Swanson, Jaimee Swanson, Tyler White, Travis White, Troy White; seven great-grandchildren Trevor, Tori, and Carter Hoehne, Skyler and Raeleigh Schuenke and Maxwell and Evan Swanson.

Further survived by a sister, Jeanne and (Pete) Christoff and nieces Maureen (Ken) Steele, Carol (Kevin) Rohr, Kathy (Tom) Crowder, Cindy (Jay) Kirk and great nieces and nephews, all of Rochester, N.Y.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her in-laws, Marie and Cooney Van Dinter and a nephew, Peter Christoff.

WHAT MOM TOOK: Most often when we think of mom we think of what she’s given - the softness of a loving touch, a gentle guide for living, a nightly tip-toe in a room, an understanding look - but sometimes when we think of mom we think of what she took. She took a child and taught it how to live this life with pride, she took those kindergarten tears and kept them all inside. She took the hands that longed to hold her child and not let go, used them to push her child along the way, to thrive and grow. Took time to do some other things like sew, and clean and cook, and never thought to ask for thanks for all the things she took.