Ruth Elaine Kessler
Ruth Elaine Kessler (nee Reiger), 93, of Onalaska, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on June 16th, 2020.
She was born on May 1st, 1927 in the Town of Marietta, Wauzeka, Wisconsin. She grew up on the family farm on Harris Ridge and attended the one-room Harris Ridge school.
She married William Kessler on June 22, 1946 and lived in Wauzeka, Lancaster, Oshkosh and Onalaska, WI. They were married for just short of 60 years and had four children. Family was first and foremost to her. Ruth was a homemaker and a wonderful cook and baker. She enjoyed playing cards with friends and family. She especially reveled beating any of her four adult children in cribbage. Her green thumb was evident in her lush vegetable and flower gardens. She enjoyed her feathered bird friends and could identify them by sight and sound. Her hidden talents included yodeling and playing the harmonica.
Ruth made her home at the OnaTerrace independent living facility in Onalaska for the past several years. She was surrounded by supportive staff and residents.
She is survived by her children: Kevin Kessler (Sherry), of Lodi, WI; Sandra Rue, of Onalaska, WI; Sharon Weis (Don) of Geneva, IL; and Wendy Twite (Jay), of Onalaska, WI. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Aaron Kessler (Jessica), Kathryn Hunter (Steve), Molly Nitka (Jon), Edward Rue (Ana), Kirsten Johnson (Marc), Michelle Reinhardt (Vincent), Kristen Glover (Mike), Brenton Twite (Elizabeth), Ross Twite (Meghan), and Alexander Twite (Rachel) as well as 12 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband William, two brothers, Frederick (Fritz) Reiger and Raymond Reiger, and two sisters, Martha Onstine and Shirley Holz. She is survived by a sister-in-law, Ruth Reiger and a brother-in-law, Paul Holz.
A private family celebration of life will be held on June 29, 2020 at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason St., in Onalaska, WI at 11:00 am. A graveside service will follow at the Wauzeka Cemetery at 4:00 pm that day.
On-line condolences for the family may be left at couleecremation.com
Memorials may be made to “Wauzeka Cemetary Association”, Peoples State Bank Wauzeka, Wisconsin 53826, in memory of Ruth Kessler.