Ruth Ruppel (1926 - 2014)

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Ruppel, Ruth E.

Ruth E. Ruppel, age 87, of Appleton, was called peacefully to eternal life and joined her Lord and Savior on Thursday, July 31st, 2014, at Rennes Health and Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by her loving family and pastor.

Ruth was born on the family farm outside of Hortonville on October 8th, 1926, to Leonard and Florence (Abraham) Diestler. She was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Ev. Lutheran Church in Hortonville. Ruth attended school in Hortonville and graduated from Hortonville High School. After graduating Ruth went to work at the then AAL, now Thrivent Financial, from which she retired in January 1986.

On August 26, 1950, Ruth was united in marriage to Milton Ruppel of Dale, spending nearly 64 years together. They made their home in Appleton, where Ruth was a long time member of Bethany Ev. Lutheran Church.

Ruth's interests included baking, gardening, sewing, playing cards, camping and traveling. Along with Milt, Ruth traveled to virtually every corner of this country and beyond, including Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe. Later in life she enjoyed golfing and spending time with family and friends at the family home on Wheeler Lake in Lakewood, WI. Ruth also enjoyed Friday night fish fries and a good happy hour but her greatest joy and happiness was her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Ruth is survived by her husband of nearly 64 years, Milton; her children, Tom, Key West, FL and Appleton; Nancy (Robert) Korth, Appleton; grandchildren, Robert (Nicole) Korth, Depere; Michelle (Nate) Klapoetke, Wild Rose; Timothy (Brittany) Korth, Kaukauna; six great grandchildren, Landen, Easton, Brayden, Beau, Madelyn and Hailey. Ruth is also survived by her brothers: Francis Diestler, Napa, CA; Donald (Carol) Diestler, Hortonville; Wayne (Marilyn) Diestler, Dayton, NV. Further suviors include sister-in-laws: Carol Grossman, Appleton; Evelyn (Vernon) Rieckman, Neenah; Karen (Eugene) Fisher, Marion; Irene Ruppel, Dale; brother-in-law: Donald Ruppel, Clintonville. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; sisters-in-law: Nellie Diestler, Lillian Thiel, Lucille Ruppel and Donna Ruppel; brothers-in-law: Ervin Ruppel, Leroy Ruppel, Johnny Ruppel and Robert Grossman.

Funeral services for Ruth will be held on Monday, August 4th, 2014 at 11:00AM at Bethany Ev. Lutheran Church 530 W. Parkway Blvd, Appleton, WI, with Pastor Mark Henke officiating. Burial will be at Highland Memorial Park, Appleton, WI. Visitation will be on Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at Valley Funeral Home, 2211 N. Richmond St, Appleton, and again on Monday at the church from 9:00AM until the hour of service. Online condolence may be made at:

The family would like to offer their thanks to the staff at Rennes Health and Rehabilitation. Although Ruth's time with you was short your kindness, care and compassion will not be forgotten. Special thanks to Dr. Koeper and the staff at Fresenius Medical Dialysis Center for the wonderful care and support you provided to Ruth this past year.


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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Aug. 2 to Aug. 4, 2014
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