Ruth H. Barthel, 90

Former Thiensville-Mequon resident Ruth H. Barthel left this world to join our Heavenly Father on Jan. 6, 2014, at the age of 90.

She was born in the state of New York on Sept. 17, 1923, the daughter of Marion and Grace Oczko. Ruth attended Oswego State College in New York, where in addition to being valedictorian, she was also the school ping pong champ. With her teaching degree, she taught elementary school in West Palm Beach, Fla., at the Military Trails School.

She met Edwin Barthel of Mequon when he was visiting friends. They were married in 1963. Ruth enjoyed playing the piano, volunteering and playing Rummikub.

She is survived by her children, David (Ruth) Maitland of Mequon, James (Diane) Maitland of Milwaukee and Andrew (Sue) Barthel of Mequon; grandchildren, Jennifer (Joseph) Schultz, David (Karla) Maitland, James Maitland, Jeffrey Maitland, Sheri Kroes and Joseph Barthel; and great-grandchildren, Leah and Elijah Maitland, and Zachary and Alyssa Schultz. She is further survived by other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Barthel; parents, Marion and Grace Oczko; and a sister, Ethel Wadsworth. A funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, 10729 W. Freistadt Road, Mequon, WI 53097. Pastor Carl Lehenbauer will be officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends on Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service and at a reception to be held in the church hall afterward. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Memorials to Smile Train, P.O. Box 96231, Washington, D.C. 20090, are appreciated.

Schramka-Densow Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences can be directed to the family at