Ruth A. Little, 90
May 26, 1926
Feb. 2, 2017

Ruth A. Little (nee Stockhausen), 90, of West Bend died peacefully Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, at Cedar Bay West. She was born May 26, 1926, in Milwaukee to Erwin and Marie (nee Klima) Stockhausen and married the love of her life, James P. Little, on Sept. 9, 1950, in Milwaukee. Jim preceded her in death Nov. 8, 1987.

Ruth embraced her roles throughout the years as a devoted wife, caring big sister, loving faith-filled mother, thoughtful aunt and cousin, a gracious and generous fun-filled grandmother, and finally a supercool great-grandmother. She worked as a homemaker, librarian and office operative. Ruth also had several volunteer roles with Meals on Wheels, hospital volunteer, Eucharistic minister, and took part in Holy Hill Eucharistic Adoration Hours. She aided in organizing libraries for the Threshold, Samaritan Home, and St. Frances Cabrini Parish. Ruth beaded rosaries for Our Lady’s Rosary Makers. She was a Member of Schoenstatt Prayer Group. In her "playtime" she enjoyed her Pokeno card club, all Wisconsin sports, and was a "Jeopardy!" and crossword puzzle wiz. Ruth cycled 8,931 miles on her stationary bicycle. She never said "no" to travel, and enjoyed attending several Navy reunions, with Jim, family, and friend Billie Herring.

Ruth is survived by her six children, Anne (Les) Wright, Paul (Janice) Little, Joan (Randy) Rolfs, Marge (Bob) Reilly, Mary (Lenny) Riemersma and Joyce (Matt) Draxler, and 14 grandchildren, Benjamen James Wright, Laina (Tyler) Hudson, Pam (Nate) Stieve, Bryan (Sarah) Rolfs, Janine

(Alex) Nigl, Adam Rolfs, Jessica (Brandon) Lewis, Stephanie Little, Mitchell (Cyndi) Draxler, James (Amanda) Draxler, Karen Reilly, Matt Reilly, Allison Reilly and Sarah Reilly. She is further survived by 23 greatgrandchildren, her brother, Ralph (Melba) Stockhausen, and nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Erwin and Marie Stockhausen; her husband, James; brothers-in-law, William Little Sr. and Julian Himes; sisters-in-law, Margaret Himes and Sarah Little; her nephew, William Little Jr.; great-niece, Amy Dusza; and great-nephew Anthony Dusza.

A heartfelt thank you to Ruth’s special and humble friend, Mary Ann Kress, who faithfully supported Ruth and family during those blessed final hours. Appreciation as well to her thoughtful childhood friend and maid of honor, Dot Sheehan, who was with her in prayer. Thank you also to the many outstanding and prayerful Cedar Bay West /caregivers, and the Holy Angels and Schoenstatt "families."

In thanksgiving for Ruth’s 90 years, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Holy Angels Catholic Church in West Bend with the Rev. Jerome Repenshek presiding. Burial will follow in Holy Angels Cemetery. The family will greet visitors Friday, Feb. 10, from 4 p.m. until a prayer vigil at 6 p.m. at the Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend and also Saturday from 9:30-11:15 a.m. at Holy Angels Church. In lieu of flowers memorials to Schoenstatt Shrine in Waukesha or Cedar Community in West Bend are appreciated.

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