Ruth A. Mueller

Ruth A. Mueller, nee Neubauer, 83, of West Bend died Monday, Sept. 17, 2007 at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee.

She was born Oct. 10, 1923 in West Bend to the late John and Anna (nee Klein) Neubauer, and married Francis A. Mueller on July 21, 1945 at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church in Barton.

After their marriage, Francis and Ruth settled in Barton.

Francis preceded Ruth in death on May 28, 1993.

Ruth graduated from West Bend High School and was employed at Enger-Kress in West Bend before joining the Army Nurse Corps and attending Mt. Sinai Hospital Nursing School.

She was a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at St. Joseph’s Community Hospital before working at the West Bend General Clinic until her retirement.

She was a member of the Washington County Historical Society, the Barton Historical Society, the West Bend Woman’s Club, The Little Rock Bible Study Group in West Bend, the Red Hat Ladies and a Kettle Moraine YMCA exercise group.

Ruth enjoyed volunteering at St. Mary’s Immaculate Concep-tion Church, writing cards for the Samaritan Health Center and was active on the class reunion committee for the West Bend High School Class of 1941.

She loved playing bridge and traveling extensively with her husband and her family.

Survivors include her three children, Joy (Bob) Hess of Pitts-ville, Beth (Kirk) Calkins of Elroy and Lynn (Ron) Ackley of Shawno; and five grandchildren, Stephanie (John) Belter of Baraboo, Nathan (Mary) Calkins of Sheboygan, Julie Hess of Kaukauna, Adrian (Anna Marie) Ackley of Stevens Point and Anna Hess of Pittsville.

Ruth is further survived by her two great-granddaughters, Made-line Belter and Mackenna Belter; a sister-in-law, Lucille Dricken of West Bend; and other relatives and friends.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, John and Anna (nee Klein) Neubauer; her husband, Francis; her brother, Adrian Neubauer who died in a Japanese prison camp after surviving the Bataan Death March during World War II; her brother-in-law, Leo Mueller who was killed in Europe during World War II; her brother-in-law, Raymond Dricken; and her parents-in-law, Lorenz and Amanda (nee Butzlaff) Mueller.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church in West Bend with Rev. Michael Moran presiding.

Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Old Cemetery.

Visitation will be Saturday, at the church only from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Masses or memorials are appreciated.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family.