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Ruth Niedfeldt

January 31, 2019 | 6 comments

Ruth M. Niedfeldt, 74 of West Salem formerly of Onalaska, passed away peacefully Sunday, January 27, 2019 at her home. She was born September 29, 1944 in La Crosse to Harlin and Mildred {Stahl} Niedfeldt.

Surviving are her sisters, Sylvia Wyland and Marie Kendhammer, both of Onalaska; nieces and nephews, Scott (Barb) Viner of Menomonie; Kathy (Jeff) Koblitz of Onalaska; Kim (Jeff) Fredrick of Mindoro: Kelly (Travis) Proksch of La Crosse; Bill (Kathy) Kendhammer of Barre Mills; and Steve (Jessica) Kendhammer of Holmen. She is also survived by great-nieces and nephews: Hayley, Alyssa (Paul), Alex, Jordan, Kody, Rachel, Robbie, Matt, Tyler, Collin, Owen, Addison, Carter, and Madeline; as well as, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister and brother-in-law, Ginny and Gene Viner; and brothers-in-law, Ed Wyland and Jim Kendhammer.

Ruth was a special part of her nieces and nephews lives as they were growing up. They were blessed to have her in their lives and in their children’s lives, as well. Ruth was lucky to have good neighbors who also became good friends; she always looked forward to exercise group and especially treats afterward. Ruth will also be missed by her good friend Barb – she and Barb bonded over playing cards and Ruth looked forward to their weekly games.

The family would like to thank Gundersen Hospice for their care, compassion, and support.

Following Ruth’s wishes no services will be held.  Coulee Region Cremation Group, Onalaska, has been entrusted with arrangements.



  1. Diane Knudson-Suhr

    Marie and family. So sorry to read about Ruth’s passing. It brought back memories of the days when there was woods between my house and Coulee Superette grocery store and our walks to school. I will remember Ruth in my prayers. Diane (Pedretti) Knudson-Suhr.

  2. Rose Hulberg Gutoski

    So sorry for your loss Sylvia and Marie. I have many fond memories of spending time with your family. You have my condolences.

  3. Dave and Ilona

    Ruth was a special person helping her Aunt Elva by taking her on various excursions. I know they will meet in heaven and have their own adventures and excursions there. I can see them laughing and joking as they always did. Our prayers are with the family of this special person who made an impression on all who met her.

  4. Deb Dewey

    So sorry to hear about Ruth. I remember the two of you were inseparable. Many good times were had at Jack Winter.

  5. Kathy Martin

    Dear Sylvia and Ruth,

    It is so hard to lose a sister even when they have been suffering in paid for some time. I am so glad that Cousin Ruth had both of you, nieces and nephews and many friends to surround her. That is all we can ask for. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Kathy and Norm Martin

  6. June Daellenbach

    So sorry to hear that Ruth has passed. It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were just a group of cousins playing in our grandparent backyard. Although we didn’t see each other a lot as adults, when we did it was always fun to catch up. Rest in peace.

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