Ruth Rose, 80, Green Bay, was welcomed into eternal life with her Lord, Jesus Christ on Friday, April 19, 2013. She was born September 13, 1932, in Marquette, MI. Ruth's family moved to Green Bay in 1946. She graduated from West High School in 1950.
Music always had an important place in her life. Her musical training began early when she started piano lessons in kindergarten. Her interest in piano continued and she also learned to play the violin and took voice lessons. Mainly she was self-taught. Mr. Witte, the organist at First Lutheran Church, encouraged her to learn to play the organ. She was an organist at First Lutheran Church from 1954 until December of 2012 and a member since 1953. Ruth played and sang for many weddings and funerals throughout her lifetime. She also played the carillon bells at church, and was a member of the Bay Area Lutheran Chorale. First Lutheran has always been a major part of her life as her home church.
Her first job was with Standard Oil. She also worked at Prange's in the merchandise office and then as a sales person for Sarah Coventry Jewelry. Ruth was employed for 15 years at Imperial as a telemarketer and then was employed part-time at Unishippers until 2001. A heart attack led to early retirement.
Ruth loved to golf, bowl and play Mahjong and cards with friends. She also enjoyed many trips to Hawaii. She crocheted many afghans for family members and friends.
Ruth is survived by six children, Kathy Baker, Sherwood; Steve (Faye) Rose, Green Bay; Jeff (Lori) Rose, Green Bay; Brad (Laurel) Rose, Mequon; Scott Rose, Grafton; and Melissa Grignon, Green Bay; 14 grandchildren, Matt, Nick and Tyler Lemerond; Lindsay Moua; Jeremy, Justin, Kevin, Katelynn, Christopher, Charlie and Andrew Rose; Shawn Grignon; Alex and Ayden Armbruster; and nine great-grandchildren; three sisters,: Helen (John) Ward, Mequon; Joyce (Gary) Long, Green Bay; Dottie (Emery) Stluha, Mazomanie; her former spouse and father of her six children, Marvin Rose, Green Bay; many nieces and nephews; special friends, Barb Muehl and Carol Carlson; and her bird companion, Ringo.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ruth and Leslie Ward; and a son-in-law, Michael Baker.
Friends may call at First Lutheran Church, 743 S. Monroe Ave., from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The Funeral Service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the church with Rev. Paul Schleis officating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Blaney Funeral Home is assisting the family. To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Ruth's name.
Ruth's family would like to extend their gratitude to Unity Hospice for their compassionate care of Ruth during the past 2 years.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of compassion and the God of all comfort. Who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Apr. 20, 2013