Ruth Benkendorf Osen
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Benkendorf Osen, Ruth (Pflum)

Ruth (Pflum) Benkendorf Osen passed away December 4th at the Oakwood Care Center in Clear Lake, IA. Born June 29, 1924, Ruth had recently celebrated her 90th Birthday.

For most of her life Ruth lived in Wisconsin, graduated from Waupaca High School, attended Carroll College where she met Charles Benkendorf. They were married July 24, 1944. After he served in the military and finished his medical training, Dr. Benkendorf practiced as a Radiologist in Green Bay Wisconsin until his death in 1972. He was Chairman of Radiology and also served as Chief of Staff for St Vincent's Hospital.

Ruth was always a homemaker who loved taking care of her family along with sewing , gardening and cooking. Very active in the community, Ruth was very involved in several organizations: The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary and served as past President; a member of St. Vincent's Women's Medical Auxiliary; Green Bay/De Pere Antiquarian Society and the De Pere Garden Club.

Ruth later married Clifford Osen, De Pere, WI in 1975 and it was a happy union until his death June 10, 1994.

Her children are Anne von Benckendorff of San Diego, CA, Mary Linden of Houston, TX and Charles (Rhonda) Benkendorf of Clear Lake, IA, and grandson, Charles Curtis Benkendorf of San Francisco, CA.

Predeceased by her father Dr. Edward Pflum and Mother Elizabeth Weix Pflum, and siblings Dr. Edward Pflum, Carol Dorn and James Durawa.




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Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Dec. 7, 2014.
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December 14, 2014
Ruthie's passing was a blessing and yet such a reminder that this generation is quickly slipping away. For as long as I can remember she was an integral part of our family. The friendship that she shared with Lars and Bette was enviable. After they passed she was a special Aunt Ruthie to our girls and a loving force in my life. I cherish every moment that I got to share with her and feel such a loss at her passing. She's having a cocktail with all of her family and friends up there and smiling down upon you Anne, Mary and Chuck.
Shelley Larsen Preston
December 10, 2014
Chuck, Anne and Mary
So sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. What great memories I have of both your Mom and your Dad. Please know that your Mom and your entire family are in our prayers.
Steve, Karen, Meredith, Sandra and JP Kolb
Wauwatosa, WI
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