Ruth Benn

  • "Aunt Ruthie, we will always remember coming over to Wausau..."
    - Alice Buchholz
  • "Charlene, Charlie and Ernie... I know the pain you're..."
    - Gloria Dunham
  • "Aunt Ruthie I will miss you. When Mom would say get the S&H..."
    - Jackie Kasten
  • "Ernie and Mary, so sorry to hear of the death of your..."
    - Pat & Annette Hefling
  • "Chuck. So sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. She..."
    - Jim Tlusty

Ruth L. Benn

Ruth Lillian Benn, age 96, of Schofield, passed away peacefully in her sleep, February 23, 2014 at Mount View Care Center, Wausau.

Ruth was born on August 28, 1917 in Colby to the late Henry and Dorothy (Meyer) Leffel, Sr.. She married Ernest A. Benn on June 29, 1940 in Medford. He preceded her in death on November 24, 1965. After leaving the farm in 1966 Ruth enjoyed working at NCTI - Studio B, Nurses Department as a cleaner until she retired in 1983.

Ruth lived on and loved farm life with her husband all their married years. She loved working in the fields, milking cows, doing all farm "chores" and still made time for her household and children. She loved seeing grandpa and aunt Bernie driving in the yard on a Sunday, or aunt Lucille and uncle Willys with their four daughters from Schofield, or aunt Alma and uncle Bill from Marshfield, and many other relations far too numerous to mention. Somehow with all the "chores" that needed to be done, she still had time to bake wonderful bread and make her delicious cloverleaf rolls, she always made more than enough food to go around! Hunting season was always special, happy times including family and friends as far away as Milwaukee and Maine. Ruth enjoyed going on trips to Las Vegas with her lovely friend Eva. She was always welcoming, smiling, and we never heard her complain once!

Ruth is survived by her children; Ernest (Mary) Benn, Charles (Patricia) Benn, all of Kronenwetter, Charlene Krueger, Minoqua, 7 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.

Ruth is preceded in death by her siblings; Henry Leffel Jr., Lucille Lueck, and Bernita Leffel.

Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, February 28, 2014 at St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1351 S Grand Ave, Wausau. The Rev. Walter Davidson will officiate the celebration. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery II, Medford. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Friday at the church.

Special thank you to Mechelle and Sandra Krueger who provided much of their grandmother's care during her final years at her home in Schofield and many thanks to all the caregivers at Mount View Care Facility. This was very much appreciated.

Brainard Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Condolences may be given at

Funeral Home
Brainard Funeral Home and Cremation Center
522 Adams Street
 Wausau, WI 54403
Funeral Home Details
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald on Feb. 26, 2014