Ruth, nee Joseph, Schaller, of New Athens, IL, entered peacefully into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ on Monday, September 7, 2015 at the age of 99 with her sons at her side. She was born March 10, 1916 on a farm near Freeburg, Illinois, the daughter of Frank and Ruth, nee Carr, Joseph.
She graduated from Freeburg High School as Valedictorian and went to Brown Business School in St. Louis. After working a few years in St. Louis she married the love of her life, Wilmer L. Schaller on September 20, 1936 and spent the rest of her life as a housewife on their farm south of New Athens, Illinois. They were blessed with two sons, Dr. Lee W. Schaller of Sonoma, California and Neil J. Schaller of New Athens, Illinois.
Ruth’s passions were St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Lenzburg, Illinois, Broad Hollow and Progressive Granges. She belonged to the Grange for 86 years. After Wilmer’s death in 1978 she volunteered as a weekly reader for the blind at Radio Information Services/MindsEye at Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois for 14 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Ruth, nee Carr, Joseph. Her loving husband Wilmer L. Schaller. Brothers – Roland Joseph, Maurice Joseph, Ralph Joseph. Nephews – Bill Joseph, Robert Joseph, Bob Schaller, Lyle Schaller, John Knewitz. Nieces – Virginia, nee Joseph, Gordon, Betty Schreider.
She is survived by her two sons – Dr. Lee W. Schaller, Neil J. Schaller (special friend – Anita Mae Ketchum). Niece – Helen, nee Schaller, Glaus. Nephews – Kent Joseph, Kenneth Jospeh, Gary Joseph, James Joseph. Also survived many grand-nieces and nephews.
Condolences to the family may be expressed online at www.heilschuessler.com.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Progressive Grange or East Dutch Hill Cemetery Association.
Visitation: Friends may call at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Lenzburg, IL on Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 9:00am to 11:00am.
Funeral: Services will be held at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Lenzburg, IL on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 11:00am with Rev. Howard Thomure officiating.
Interment: Burial will be held at Valhalla Gardens of Memory in Belleville, IL.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements