Ruth J. Smasal, 82

Surrounded by her loving family, Ruth J. Smasal was born into eternal life with Jesusí help on Wednesday, April 4, at the age of 82 at Kathy Hospice in West Bend.

She was the beloved wife of the late Robert "Bob" Smasal; loving mother of Christine (William) Kuykendall of Waukesha, Timothy (Jane) Smasal of St. Louis, Debra (the late Mark) Oberlin of Cedarburg, Joan

(Donald) Sommer of Mequon, Mary (Daryl) Faber of Edgewood, Wash., and James (Lori) Smasal of Appleton. She was blessed with grandchildren, Jessica and Chelsea Smasal, Ryan and Jeremiah Quirk, Elizabeth and Melissa Sommer, Nathan and Derek Faber, Jacob, Alec and Michaela Smasal; great-grandson, Joshua Quirk; eight step grandchildren and three step great-grandchildren. She was the dear sister of Evelyn (Alvin "Bud") Winefield and Leo Jr. (Kathy) Lubiewjewski and the late Virginia; and fond sister-in-law of Barbara (Willard) Ward and Lorraine Angel. Further survived by aunts, cousins, other relatives and many dear friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, April 11, at 11 a.m. at St Francis Borgia Church, 1375 Covered Bridge Road, Cedarburg. Family will greet relatives and friends at a visitation on Tuesday, April 10, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Schramka-Densow Funeral Home, 423 N. Main St. in Thiensville. A prayer vigil will follow at 7 p.m. There will also be a visitation at the Church on

Wednesday, April 11, from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass.

Interment will be at St. Francis Borgia Cemetery.

Memorials in Ruthís name to the St. Francis Borgia School Building Fund, American Cancer Society or charity of donorís choice are appreciated.

Ruth was born April 28, 1929, in Milwaukee, the daughter of Leo and Pauline Lubiewjewski Sr. She attended Girls Tech High School in Milwaukee and remained close to her former classmates through their club group. She married Robert Smasal on Sept. 10, 1949, at St. Leoís Parish in Milwaukee.

The Smasals moved to Cedarburg in 1955, building one of the first homes in the Westlawn Subdivision. Until July of last year, Ruth lived in that same home, where together with Bob, they raised their six children. Ruth was a devoted parishioner of St. Francis Borgia Church, avid sheepshead player and enjoyed many wonderful times with her St. Francis Ladiesí Circle over the last 50 years and in recent years as a member of the Red Hat Society.

Ruth and her family extend heartfelt gratitude to neighbors Merle and Bob Leon and Amy Woelbing, Ruthís hairdresser Kris Roddy and Horizon Home Hospice. Ruthís children are especially grateful for the caring and compassionate care Ruth received from the staff at Kathy Hospice for the past nine months.

"Oh Lord let me give myself to Thee, I give Thee my body that it may be chaste and pure, I give Thee my heart that it may always love Thee, I give Thee my soul that it may be free of sin, I give Thee every breath I shall breathe, especially my last. God bless you all until we meet again."

Schramka-Densow Funeral Home in Thiensville is serving the family.