Ruth Ellen Tamminga, 56

Ruth Ellen Tamminga (nee Sauer), 56, of Pardeeville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 13, 2011, due to complications from pancreatic cancer.

Kenner, Linda Schnabel, Richard (Sheila) Sauer and John (Karen) Sauer; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Ruth was preceded in death by Ruth was born in West Bend and was a 1973 graduate of West Bend East High School.

Ruthie was an inspiration not only in her battle with cancer, but to those she touched throughout her life. She is survived by her loving husband, Gary; her mother, Audrey Sauer; her beloved children, Carrie, Samantha, April, Mike and daughter-in-law Sarah; and her grandchildren, Zachary, Ariannah, Bailey, Alexis and Aubrey. She is further survived by her sisters and brothers, Eileen (Art) Schroeder, Rita her father, Peter Sauer.

Ruthie enjoyed spending time with her family as well as fishing, camping, gardening, singing, cooking, bowling, darts and decorating for Christmas. Ruthie took great pride in her commitment to family and hard work. Her love and creative energy will be greatly missed.

There will be a private memorial for the family. A celebration of Ruth’s life will be held on Saturday, March 19, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Lighthouse Lanes in the Banquet Hall.