SUN PRAIRIE / BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz.—Ruth Grimm passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, at Joshua Springs Senior Living facility in Bullhead City, Ariz., after a brief illness.
Ruth Margaret (Wienke) Grimm was born on Aug. 27, 1920, in Columbus, Wis., to William and Margaret Wienke. Ruth was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church in Columbus and graduated from Columbus High School where she received many letters playing the clarinet in the school band. Ruth then attended the Milwaukee School of Nursing where she graduated as a Registered Nurse. She applied her nursing knowledge while working at the A.O. Smith Corporation as well as a Public Health Nurse for the City of Milwaukee.
Ruth was married to Gerhard Karl Grimm and subsequently lived in Austria as a military wife from 1945-1947. Afterwards they lived in Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, and most recently Sun Prairie, Wis., since 1971.
Ruth is survived by her son, Gary and wife Carol of White Lake, Mich.; and son, Steve and wife Kim of Laughlin, Nev.; four grandchildren, Angela Pearson, Jason Grimm, Joshua Grimm, and Jessica Grimm; two step granddaughters, Raquel and Monica Salazar; and four great-grandchildren, Calvin, Henry, Talula, and Olivia; and her longtime friend and companion of 25 years, Gale Chase!
Ruth’s husband, Gerhard, preceded her in death in 1989.
Ruth loved to travel overseas and take cruises, play bingo, fish anywhere she could, and play various casino games. Ruth enjoyed having pets, especially her Chocolate Lab “Fritzie” and her cat “Kitty”.
Ruth was an active member in: The American Legion Auxiliary, Friends of the Library—Sun Prairie, as a committee member of various functions at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Past State President of the Ladies Reserve Officer’s Association of the United States Army as well as a member of the local Madison ROAL Club, and a honorary member of the Retired Officers Association of the United States Army.
A graveside funeral will take place Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at Sun Prairie, Wisconsin’s MEMORY GARDEN CEMETERY at 1 p.m. and will be followed by a luncheon at VFW POST 9362 in Sun Prairie.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in Ruth’s name to American Legion Post 333 or VFW Post 9362, both of Sun Prairie.