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Ruth Schaller

Ruth Schaller

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

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

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  1. Administrator says:

    Lee and Neill, count your blessings for being born into such a loving, strong family. Aunt Ruth welcomed me with open arms and love. I always admired her strength and skills. Such a wonderful cook for so many of us for so long. She and I shared the Allergy problem and had many discussions on the management of it.

    Posted by: Phyllis Joseph – Carterville, IL – Niece in law Sep 09, 2015

  2. Administrator says:

    Your beautiful memory will live in my heart forever.
    Thank you for blessing this world with two amazing sons.

    Posted by: Cruz Pimentel – Stockton, CA – friend Sep 09, 2015

  3. Administrator says:

    Neil, our deepest sympathy on your loss. Your mother accomplished so much in her long life and gave so much of herself to her family, church, and community. She was a remarkable woman.

    Posted by: Lynne and Al Roney – Saint Louis, MO Sep 09, 2015

  4. Administrator says:

    Neil & Lee, Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your mother. Never got to know her as well as you and your dad, but she undoubtedly was an outstanding lady as the matriarch of such a well liked and respected family. God bless you both!

    Posted by: Willie & Kathi Quandt – Swanwick, IL Sep 10, 2015

  5. Administrator says:

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Ruth, and equally sorry that we did not see the obituary in the paper early enough last night to make it to the visitation. Please realize our thoughts and prayers are sent your way during this time of sadness and sorrow. We hope that the fond memories of Ruth help carry you and the rest of the family through this difficult time.

    Take care and God bless you all.
    Terry and Sheryl

    Posted by: Terry and Sheryl Laflen – Swansea, IL – Friends Sep 10, 2015

  6. Administrator says:

    My sincere condolences to Lee and Neal. Aunt Ruth only thought good thoughts about anyone she came in contact with. A very gentle and caring lady.

    Posted by: Kent Joseph – Scottsdale, AZ – Nephew Sep 10, 2015

  7. Administrator says:

    Our sincere sympathy to you both at the loss of your dear mother.

    Jim and Ronnie Elias

    Posted by: Profs. James and Veronica Elias – Sherman Oaks, CA – Childhood neighbor and friend Sep 13, 2015

  8. Administrator says:

    Neil, I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing … She was a great lady & always kind to everyone … Iris Doza

    Posted by: Iris Doza Davis – Alvin, TX – Friend Sep 13, 2015

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