Ruth E. Prowatzke, 87

Ruth E. Prowatzke, of Washington Avenue in Cedarburg, formerly of West Allis, passed away Monday afternoon, Oct. 7, 2013, at Lasata Nursing Home in Cedarburg. She was 87 years old.

Ruth was born in Milwaukee on March 25, 1926, the daughter of George and Hilda Priese Fluegel. She attended local schools and graduated from Rufus King High School with the class of 1944. On Nov. 6, 1951, Ruth was united in marriage with Carl Prowatzke at Gospel Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. The couple settled in Milwaukee and raised their family. Ruth had worked as a teacher aide for the Milwaukee Public School system. Her husband preceded her in death in 1991 and in 2006, she moved to Cedarburg to be closer to her daughter. Ruth was an active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Cedarburg, where she had also belonged to the L-4 group. She enjoyed reading, knitting, sewing as well as visiting with and caring for her grandchildren.

She is survived by her two children, Mark (Suzanne) Prowatzke of Mill Neck, N.Y., and Marlyn (Chuck) Gassert of Cedarburg; and six grandchildren, Sara (Dan) Wenger, Adam Prowatzke, Elsa (Matthew) Gumm, Heidi (Jacob) Curtis, Philip and Carl Gassert. Further survivors include five great-grandchildren, Lea, Jonas, Anneliese, Maryke and Naosmi; sisters-in-law, June Fluegel of Waukesha, Elaine Fluegel of Aurora, Colo., and Florence Lipski of Littleton, Colo., nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; and two brothers, Ralph and Howard Fluegel.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Oct. 10, 2013, at Eernisse Funeral Home, 1167 Washington Ave., Cedarburg. The Rev. Mark Rohrback will preside. She will be laid to rest beside her husband at Graceland Cemetery in Milwaukee. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home in Cedarburg today from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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Memorials are suggested to Redeemer Lutheran Church, Lutheran Bible Translators or to WELS Lutherans For Life.

Eernisse Funeral Home is assisting the family.