Ruth Louise Grosse, 92
Feb. 1, 1923 -- May 15, 2015
Ruth Louise (Olson) Grosse, 89 plus 3, “checked out” (her words) peacefully on the evening of May 15, 2015, at Aurora Hospital in Green Bay where she has been a patient since May 11.
She was born in Waukesha, on Feb. 1, 1923, becoming the daughter of Axel and Julia Olson. She was soon joined by her sister, Evie Olson, who has since passed, and survived by her brother, Alfred Olson (wife, Carol) who resides in Alexandria, Virginia. She is also survived by her good friend, Bill Martin and his sister Sue; special friend, Ray; and her dog, Lizzie. Her dog Honey preceded her in passing, as did her husband Richard. Her three nieces, Lynn Olson (Tim), Lori Beaton (husband, Dan), Lisa Bolt (husband, Dean) and nephew, Steve Olson (wife, Nola) were special to her as were their children, her 11 great-nieces and nephews. Also those who had a special place in her heart were Bonnie and brother Tony, Pat and Deb Bohn (Bits & Pieces Floral) and the “lawn boys” Jim and Jerry Schmidt. While still at home, there were several caregivers, but there were three special ones: Sharon Butch, Chris Clavette and Robin. Due to Ruth’s long life, she had so many friends, kind neighbors and acquaintances, we hope you will understand if not all are named.
Ruth lived many years at the Timber Lodge Hotel on Lake Julia in Rhinelander, helping her family operate the family hotel and supper club; she soon ventured to Milwaukee to work for the Internal Revenue Service. It was there that she met her husband, Richard Grosse; they married on Aug. 7, 1965, in Milwaukee. Bobby Grosse, Ruth's stepson, and his mother, Evelyn, age 98, still survives. Ruth loved to travel. She and Dick mostly loved visiting Germany and Nicaragua, where they made many friends. Her love of baking and cooking was a special gift, which she handed down to her nieces. In her younger years, she loved to fly planes and most memorable was the Gulf Air Tour on January 1947, when she flew from Waukesha to Miami with her young flier friends Elaine Bromley, Sally Lathrop and Rosemarie Sponner. Ruth also loved dancing, flowers, good wine, and listening to her German music on her Bose stereo. Ruth’s life was devoted to caring and giving.
In November 2013, she and Lizzie moved from West Bend to Green Bay to the Carrington Manor where she learned her favorite pastime — bingo, which she became quite good at, and met her special friend, Ray. They enjoyed old movies and Culver’s together.
A special thank you to the doctors and nurses in ICU at Aurora Hospital for their excellent care of Ruth. Thank you to the staff at Carrington Manor for their wonderful care and for making her last year and a half of life a happy time for her.
A celebration of Ruth's life will be on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at the Wisconsin Memorial Park Chapel of the Flowers, 13235 West Capitol Drive, Brookfield, WI 53005, at 3 p.m., with visitation beginning at 1 p.m.
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