Leschke, Ruth E.
Ruth E. Leschke, age 91, formerly of 2350 South 23rd Street #1077, Manitowoc died peacefully in the early morning hours on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at the Manitowoc Health and Rehabilitation Center were she had resided for the last five months.
Ruth was born February 17, 1922 in Two Rivers, daughter of the late Alvin C. and Florence M. (Sweetman) Shultz. Ruth went to Lincoln High School in Manitowoc and was a member of the High School Band. On June 20, 1942 she married Raymond S. Leschke at St. Casimir's Church in Newton, WI. He preceded her in death on April 1, 1996. Ruth worked at Mirro and Aluminum Specialty for 15 years and then enjoyed being a homemaker. She was known by her family for her wonderful cooking skills, especially her homemade bread and dressing at Thanksgiving time. Ruth was an avid bingo player and loved playing cards with her family. Ruth and her husband Ray were great dancers and won many contests in their younger years. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her great-great-grandchildren.
Ruth will be deeply missed by her children and their families. Survivors include her children: Bonnie (Roger-deceased) Bastian and their children: Kevin (Ronda) Bastian, Manitowoc; Kris (Dana) Bastian, Manitowoc; Kelli (Mike) Hagenow, Mishicot; Connie Hoffman (deceased) and Jim Hoffman, Manitowoc; and their children: Craig Fricke, Manitowoc; Kristy (Nick) Buda, Manitowoc; Roger (Mary) Leschke, Manitowoc; Valerie (Jerry) Bauer, Manitowoc; and their children: Wanda Bauer, Valders; Scott (Karen) Bauer, Manitowoc; Brenda Backus, Manitowoc; Cindy Meyer, Oshkosh; Jim Bauer, Manitowoc; Robert Bauer, Manitowoc; Geri (Chris) Kluczinske, Manitowoc; Sara (Blong) Lee, Manitowoc; Casey Leschke, Manitowoc; and his children: Tammy (Scott) Heitzmann, Sheboygan; Casey Leschke Jr., Manitowoc; Jamie (Christi) Leschke; 31 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Joan (Edmond) Leschke, South Milwaukee; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents: Alvin and Florence; husband: Raymond; two brothers and one sisters-in-law: Marvin (Nora) Schultz; Joseph Schultz; one sister and brother-in-law: Esther (Corwain) Luebke; one sister-in-law and one brother-in-law: Louise (Elmer) Heinrichs.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at Saint Francis of Assisi, 21st and Marshall Street, Manitowoc. Rev. Dave Pleier will be officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends at church on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in Ruth's name. The Jens Family Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. On-line condolences may be expressed at www.jensreinboldandpfeffer.com
Ruth's family would like to thank Dr. Cedric Thayer and his staff for all the compassionate care and also the nurses and staff at the Manitowoc Health and Rehabilitation Center for all the love and compassion shown toward Ruth during her stay there, it will never be forgotten.