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Ruth Ann Beranek

March 12, 2021 | 3 comments

Ruth Ann Beranek, 90, passed away peacefully of natural causes on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at Marinuka Manor in Galesville.  She was born on August 28, 1930 to Ethel and Alfred Palen.  She married Joseph Beranek on September 1, 1952 at Our Lady of Lourdes in Chicago, IL.

Ruth was a dedicated nurse at Saint Francis Medical Center until joining Skemp Clinic to open the clinic in Holmen in 1974.  She also worked at the Onalaska Care Center until retiring in 1996.   She loved reading and gardening and was an avid dog lover.  Most of all she loved all her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Robert (Barb) Beranek, Sue (Russell) Smith, Mike (Julie) Beranek, Jim (Donna) Beranek, Carrie (Steve) Duellman; grandchildren, Carlie (Jason) Rowe, Jenna (Eric) Cleaveland, Christa (Lee) Pingel, Joe (Shannon) Beranek, Roland (Kat) Gullickson; and 4 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Beranek; one infant son; her parents; and brother, Leo Palen.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church and the La Crosse County Humane Society.

A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 515 N. Main St. Holmen, WI.  Father John Parr will officiate.  Visitation will be held from 5 pm until 7 pm on Wednesday, March 17 at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason St. Onalaska and from 10:00 am until the time of the mass at the church.



  1. Nancy Gilbertson

    Carrie sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and prayers to you and your family.

  2. Loran Zibrowski

    Jim, Donna, Christa and Joe,

    Thoughts and prayers to you. May the Lord blanket you with his never ending love and comfort.

  3. Sandy (Beranek) Johnson

    My deepest sympathies to you all. I have very fond memories of everyone coming to visit at the farm in Hokah and then all of us coming to visit at your home in Holmen. I even remember “Feathers” the dog. My thoughts are with you-I really wanted to come and see everyone, but unfortunately work got in the way.


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