Ruth Ann Bruesch, 93
Aug. 25, 1923 — July 11, 2017

Ruth Ann Bruesch, 93 Ruth Ann Bruesch (nee Duenkel), 93, of West Bend, died Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at the Waterford of West Bend. She was born Aug. 25, 1923, in Barton to Arthur and Anna (nee Schneider) Duenkel and married Theodore G. Bruesch on Oct. 23, 1948, in Barton. Ted preceded her in death Nov. 8, 2008.

Ruth was active in scouting for decades, first as a Cub Scout Den Mother, then Brownie Scout Leader and finally, Girl Scout leader. She and several other “retired” leaders formed their own informal “troop” and stayed close for many years, traveling and socializing.

She was awarded the St. Anne Medal of Service for her decades of service in the development of young people. Over the years, she was also active in the Ladies Sodality of St. Mary’s Parish and later the Christian Mothers of Holy Angels Parish. In 2012, Pope Benedict imparted his Apostolic Blessing on her.

Ruth worked at Amity Leather Products during and after World War II, then Pries Apparel and finally The Fashion Niche dress shop until she retired. She also served as an election poll worker for many years.

Most importantly, Ruth and her husband endowed their seven children with the education, skills and work ethic needed to lead successful and productive lives.

Ruth is survived by her seven children, Theodore Jr. (Susan) Bruesch of West Bend, Jane (Richard Propsom) Bruesch of Sturgeon Bay, Margaret (Phillip) Rybarczyk of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, John (Mary Ann) Bruesch of Long Grove, Iowa, James (Barbara) Bruesch of Excelsior, Minnesota, Daniel (Lisa) Bruesch of West Bend and Mary Ellen Bruesch of Milwaukee; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She is further survived by her twin brother, Ralph “Butch” (Phyllis) Duenkel of West Bend; two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Brush of Rockford, Illinois, and Eileen Duenkel of West Bend; and nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Anna Duenkel; her husband, Theodore Bruesch; four brothers, Edward Duenkel, Arthur Duenkel Jr., Albert Duenkel and Carl Duenkel; and her sister, Marie Frings.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the caregivers at The Waterford of West Bend.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 17, at Holy Angels Catholic Church with burial following in Holy Angels Cemetery. The family will greet visitors at the Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend on Sunday, July 16, from 4-7 p.m. and also at Holy Angels Church on Monday from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Masses to be offered at Holy Angels Church or memorials to the Girl Scouts of America are appreciated.

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