Ruth Ruege

Ruth Ruege, 90, of the Town of Grafton, died of complications of Alzheimer’s disease at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton on Thursday, April 11, just four days short of her 91st birthday.  

Ms. Ruege was born in Milwaukee on April 15, 1928, to Earl and Theresa Dejardin Radloff. She grew up in the  Port Washington area.

Her family said she shared many stories of Port’s history with her grandkids, while listening to their adventures and accomplishments.

Ms. Ruege’s daughter Cindy said she took pride in living in her century-old Grafton home for 67 years.

She worked as a graphic arts manager at Tecumseh for many years. Ms. Ruege enjoyed crafts, jigsaw puzzles, collecting antiques and bird watching. She also enjoyed watching Wisconsin sports teams, playing piano and reading, and she was an avid card player.  

She was a member of St. John XXIII Catholic Parish, Immaculate Conception Church, in Saukville. Her family said she enjoyed driving her old convertible to church and could be seen taking her dog for rides with the top down.

Ms. Ruege is survived by her children Lynn Ruege and Randy, both of Grafton, Mike of Saukville, Cindy Bolton of Port Washington and Charlie (Barbara) of Random Lake.

She is further survived by grandchildren Jesse and Adam Bolton, and Kayla, Marlena and Charlie Jr. Ruege, and one great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 4, at Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory in Grafton.  

Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association are suggested.




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