God saw that Ruthie was getting tired, so He put his arms around her and whispered, “Come with Me.” Ruth passed away peacefully at home on Friday, September 20, 2019, surrounded by her children shortly after being diagnosed with cancer.
Ruth H. Stephan was born on May 9, 1935, in Valmy, Wisconsin to Louis and Amanda Sternard. On May 29, 1954, Ruth married Leon E. Stephan, Sr. at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Valmy.
Together, Leon and Ruth raised six wonderful and loving children, Lynn (Bill) Prust of Baileys Harbor, Leon (Jeannie) Stephan, Jr. of Sturgeon Bay, Pam Mallien of Madison, Debbie (Tom) Stephenson of Sturgeon Bay, Tina Stephan of Green Bay, and Fay (Patrick) LeMense of Green Bay. Ruth greatly enjoyed spending time with her 18 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Ruth is also survived by her sister-in-law, Beth Stephan; and nieces and nephews.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Amanda Sternard; sisters, Deloris Michelsen and Myra Ward; brother, Clarence Sternard; granddaughter, Stacy Prust; and parents-in-law, Alvin and Agnes Stephan.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday September 23, 2019 at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Valmy with Pastor Benjamin Enstad officiating. Burial will be beside her husband, Leon, in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Juddville.
Visitation will be Monday at the church from 12:00 noon until 1:45 p.m.
The family would like to thank Unity Hospice especially Cindy, Maureen, Heather, and Josh. Also, all the family and friends who assisted in making Ruth’s final days filled with so much love and compassion.
God saw she was getting tired and a cure was not to be, so He put His arms around her and whispered, “Come with Me.” With tearful eyes we watched her suffer and saw her fade away. Although we loved her dearly, we could not make her stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands to rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best.
Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay is assisting the Stephan family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Ruth may be shared with her family through her tribute page at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com.