Ruth Van Pay

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Ruth H. Van Pay

Ruth Helen Van Pay, age 80 of Shawano, took her place in Heaven on Friday, January 25, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. Born on February 17, 1932 in the Town of Green Valley, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Linda (Peterman) Mayer. On August 31, 1978 she was united in marriage to Donald H. Van Pay in Michigan. Ruth worked as a medical transcriptionist for the West Side Clinic in Green Bay for 20 years, in the office at Morning Glory Dairy in Shawano for 4 years and finally for Shawano County Department of Community Programs until retiring. Ruth was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church at White Clay Lake where she was active in the Ladies Aid, the quilting group and was a member of the LWML. Walking through Ruth's home you would quickly realize what was important to her. Pictures of her family as well as symbols of her Christian faith decorated every room. She loved angels and those she came in contact with saw an angel in her actions. She was a very special person who had a way of endearing herself to those she came in contact with. Ruth also loved her family and friends and always put the needs of others before her own. Ruth's special heart showed in the actions she would take to help others. She could not stand to see someone suffering or in need and would do whatever she could to ease the pain or fill those needs. When free time was available, Ruth loved crocheting, quilting, sewing and doing embroidery.

Ruth is survived by: her husband, Donald; 2 sons, Ryan (Molly Talono) Dorak of Abrams, James (Wendy) Delvoye of Green Bay; a daughter, Donna Vanderveren of Green Bay; 5 step children, Rev. Randy (Kathryn) Van Pay of San Antonio, TX, Russell Van Pay of Cheyenne, WY, Rory (Robyn) Van Pay of Berthoud, CO, Victoria (Lonnie) Annan of Berthoud, CO, Linda Van Pay of Green Bay; 20 grandchildren; and 40 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by: 3 sisters, Carol (Ron) Webster of Green Bay, Helen (Eugene) Boettcher of Shawano, Morva (Duane) Olson of Shawano; 2 brothers, Robert and David Mayer both of Green Bay; a sister-in-law, Irene Mayer of Bonduel; and a brother-in-law, Arnold (Janice) Van Pay of Seattle, WA.

Ruth was preceded in death by: her parents; a brother, Clarence Mayer; 2 sisters, Doris (Alfred) Buelow, Ruby Ste. Marie; and a step son, Ronald Van Pay.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00a.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church at White Clay Lake with the Rev. Steve Pockat officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Swedberg-Wendt Funeral Home in Bonduel on Friday from 4-8p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10a.m. until the time of the service.

Ruth's family would like to give a special thanks to the entire staff at Maple Lane Health and Rehabilitation Center of Shawano. We witnessed the incredible job the staff did with Ruth and continue to do for Don. We saw the amazing work that they do on a daily basis. We also felt and truly appreciate the smiles, the hugs, and the understanding, caring words they gave us during this difficult time. There are not enough words to quantify how we feel about these dedicated, special people.

Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Jan. 30, 2013
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