Ruby Cauley, 85


Ruby Cauley (nee Bednar) passed away on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at the age of 85 years. She was born on Dec. 18, 1928, in Milwaukee.

Ruby was a devoted wife, mother, step-mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great great- grandmother. She was a long-standing member of Kettle Moraine Bible Church and Menomonee Falls Bible Church.

Ruby is survived by her husband Joe; children Stan Szaniawski (Mary), Ray (Nina) Shannon, Chuck (Julie) Szaniawski and Lori Meyer; step-children Marie (Kurt) Nelson, Joe Cauley Jr. and Colleen Cauley (Tom); grandchildren Mykl (Sue), Jim, Stacie, Nichole, Natalie (Rashad), Heather (Chad), Selina and Rory; step-grandchildren Tami (Scott), Lisa (Steve) and Niki (Dom); great-grandchildren Damien, Brandon, Adonai, Habiah, Trinitee and Elijah; step-great-grandchildren Kodie (Josh), Adam (Sara), Alexis, Hunter, Alain and Lucien; and step-great-great-grandson Kohl. She is further survived by her siblings Ted (Harriet), Ethel, Walt (Rose), and Ray (Joan); siblings- in-law June, Mary Jean, Margaret and Mike. Ruby was also extremely fond of her niece Carol (Pete) and numerous other nieces, nephews, relatives, and dear friends.

Ruby is preceded in death by her late husband Stanley Szaniawski; parents Theodore and Rachel Bednar; brothers Charlie (Violet) and Don; and brother-in-law Ken (Evelyn “Bubs”). Ruby was a talented artist whose projects included Renaissance oil paintings, wildlife oil paintings, colored pencil drawings, rose-malling, copper tooling, decoupaging, cake decorating and distinctive art of the Old West. Many of her finished products are proudly displayed on the walls of family and friends.

Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at the Phillip Funeral Home, 1420 W. Paradise Drive in West Bend. Funeral service will immediately follow thereafter at 6 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Kevin Sadler presiding. Refreshments will follow the funeral service. Private interment will take place at Washington County Memorial Park.

Memorials are appreciated to the Cottages at Cedar Run which will go towards the new dementia ward of Cedar Community (c/o Cedar Community Foundation, 113 Cedar Ridge Drive, West Bend, WI 53095).

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the nurses and staff of both Cedar Home Health & Hospice and the Countryside Unit at Cedar Lake Health & Rehabilitation for all their care and compassion for Ruby.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family; (262) 338-2050 / www.phillipfuneralhome.com, Highway 45 to Paradise Drive, west two blocks.