Ruth E. Sorbel, 81
Dec. 23, 1932 -- Dec. 13, 2014

Ruth E. Sorbel (nee Burkhard), 81, of West Bend died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at the Seasons Hospice in Waukesha. She was born Dec. 23, 1932, in Olds, Alberta, Canada, to the late Rev. John and Margaret (nee Kehr) Burkhard and married Richard V. Sorbel on April 8, 1953, in Webster, S.D. Richard preceded her in death on March 29, 1999.

Ruth was an avid reader and gardener.

Ruth is survived by her two daughters, Emily (special friend April Stanley) Sorbel of Hartford and Linda (Ken) Sorbel-Pruski of West Bend and her beloved granddaughter Sarah Pruski. She is further survived by her two sisters-in-law Denise Burkhard of Columbus, Ohio, and Ethel Burkhard of Woodstock, Georgia, nieces, nephews and many friends at the Stone Field Apartments.

She is preceded in death by her parents, the Rev. John and Margaret Burkhard, her husband Richard Sorbel, four brothers: William, John, Donald and Robert Burkhard, and her sister Carol Burkhard.

At Ruth’s request, no services will be held.

The Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences are available at