Ruth Ann Ellenbecker, 69
Ruth Ann Ellenbecker (nee Strassman), 69, passed
away Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009, at her residence with her family by her
She was born on March 3, 1940, in Milwaukee to
Hugo J. "Hooks" and Marian W. (nee Zimmerman) Strassman. Ruth
attended Custer High School in Milwaukee and married Orlando G.
Ellenbecker on Nov. 23, 1957, and began her family.
She retired from Amity Leather Products after 19
years of service. She was very active at Resurrection Catholic Church in
Allenton serving as a member since 1981, president of the funeral
committee, opening and closing the church, chair person for fellowship
committee, taught religious class and was a Boy Scout leader and Girl
Scout leader in her community.
Ruth is survived by her husband, Orlando;
children, Kurt, Keith (Erin), Beth (Frank) Irwin, Ken (Kristy), Barbara
(Kevin) Chronister; grandchildren, Danielle (Ryan) Petri, Ian and Samuel
Ellenbecker, Kelly and Abigail "Abby" Simonis, Nicholas
Ellenbecker, Karry (Dan) Reigh, Lindsey Irwin, Kayla, Christopher and
Ivelynn Ellenbecker, Samantha and Alyssa Chronister; and
great-grandchildren, Tarek, Tyler, Kaitlyn and Noa. Ellen is further
survived by her sister, Elaine (Dennis) Torbeck; nieces, nephews, other
relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister,
Mary Teeters; and brother-in-law, James Teeters.
A Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday,
Dec. 28, 2009, at 7 p.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church in Allenton, with
the Rev. Richard J. Stoffel officiating. Visitation was also held on
Monday, prior to the Mass, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Phillip Funeral Home of Slinger is assisting