Ruth E. Schmidt, 90

Ruth E. Schmidt (nee Bohn), of West Bend, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, at the Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center at the age of 90. She was born Nov. 27, 1926, in the town of West Bend to the late Frank and Elizabeth Anna (nee Jansen) Bohn.

On Oct. 19, 1946, she was united in marriage to Harold N. “Shorty” Schmidt at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Kewaskum. Harold predeceased Dec. 21, 2011.

In the mid 1960s, she began working as a clerk at L. Rosenheimer Department Store and later at Marx’s Sentry Grocery Store, both in Kewaskum, until her retirement in 1999. She and her husband Shorty owned and operated Schmidt Electric for 55 years.

Throughout the years, she enjoyed many hobbies and pastimes. Her gardening, cooking and canning were enjoyed by many. Fishing, playing cards, dancing to polka were shared with friends and family alike. Her most cherished pastime was spending time with her family, including babysitting her grandchildren.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Christian Women’s Confraternity and a lifetime member of the Women Of The Moose West Bend Chapter 732.

Survivors include four children, Diane Zalewski of Kewaskum, Jane (Gerald) Rettler of Campbellsport, Joyce (Robert) Bernhagen of Kewaskum and David Schmidt of Ashippun; seven grandchildren, Shawn (Scott) Zimmerman, Ben (Heather) Rettler, Andy (Sue) Rettler, Melissa (Ricky) Kratz, Craig Bernhagen (Jacki Higgins), Anna Bernhagen (fiance Ryan Ogi) and Nicole (Nick) Pari; 13 great-grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Schaefer-Mehring of West Bend; two sisters-in-law, Therese Bohn of West Bend and Iona (Wiley) Parrish of Murphysboro, Illinois; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one son and daughter-in-law; LeRoy and Mary Cay Schmidt; one son-in-law, John “Jack” Zalewski; and six siblings.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Kewaskum with the Rev. Ed Kornath presiding. Burial will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Holy Angels Cemetery, West Bend. The family will greet relatives and friends during a period of visitation at the church Monday from 3:30-5:15 p.m.

Ruth’s family would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to the staff and caregivers at Cedar Community for their care, compassion and support.

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