CASHTON — Ruth Marie Holman, 92, of Cashton passed away at her home, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018.
On Oct. 3, 1925, a special soul was born to Frank and Cora Fritsche, she was named Ruth Marie. She was born in Dorchester, Wis., the youngest of six children. While no one was spoiled growing up during the depression, Ruth admitted she was well taken care of. At the age of 16, she ventured out into the world to make her own path. She worked as a housekeeper at a local hospital, as well as a clerk at the Dutch Dairy. Ruth married Jalmar Holman when she was 17, and they had two children, Dennis and Yvonne (Gadouas). As her family grew, they moved to New Berlin in 1963. She started her long standing career at Kroger Publishing Company. Ruth worked there for 27 years, until she retired at the age of 65.
In 1969, Ruth’s first grandchild was born, Tamara Gensch. Then in 1974, Tristene (Reuben) Mikel made her appearance. She loved doting on her grandchildren. She always dried her kitchen sink for Tris to sit in and eat her frozen candy bar. She played “the floor is lava, filled with crocodiles,” with Tammy, and even let her jump on the furniture. Yes, we know these sound odd, but those are the little things you remember. Ruth never met a stranger. She had a warm, gentle soul and was able to create memories with everyone she met.
As her family grew, Ruth enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and eventually her great-grandchildren. There were weekend visits with Ruth and Dennis in Buffalo Grove, Ill., where she settled after retirement. In 2010, Yvonne’s repeated requests to move closer to her were granted. Ruth moved to Sparta! When Dennis retired in 2014, the trio relocated to Cashton, where they still reside.
We celebrated many holidays, milestones and birthdays, including a special 90th birthday, when her nieces and nephews were able to attend.
Ruth often jokingly lamented that she never had a grandson. She was blessed with her two granddaughters, and then five great-granddaughters, Georgie (Gensch), Tiana (Mikel), Samantha (Gensch), Tarilyn (Mikel) and Tayla (Mikel). She was devoted to these girls, creating those special memories with each and every one of them. The Booger Game was an instant hit with all the girls and nana, along with many walks in the park, tickle sessions, the mystifying walker versus stairs episode, silly songs like Okey Dokey Pidley Okey, story time and time spent learning of Nana’s past. Nana was able to recall stories, songs and verses from when she was young, right up until the time of her passing. There were many times of sitting around the table listening to “the good old days” and will always be treasured by her great-grandchildren.
She spent countless hours choosing just the right card for each person and occasion. And the outfits? Don’t get us started! All the girls treasured Ruth’s gifts of clothing. She had a knack for picking just the right item for each person’s tastes. Most of her gifts are so special that they are placed in keepsake boxes, to be shared with future generations.
Ruth loved to attend her Bible study group in Buffalo Grove. She kept in contact with many of them even after she left the area. She loved her romance novels, keeping stacks of them on her dresser. She always had “forty-eleven” things to do. From spending time doing crossword puzzles, visiting with her family,and playing the game Chuzzle. Even at 92, Ruth was an avid Facebook stalker. She kept tabs on all of us, enjoying our successes and supporting us through our defeats. Ruth was our greatest champion and she will forever live in our hearts.
Ruth joined her parents; brothers and sisters; her husband; her son-in-law, Thomas (Gadouas); many sisters and brothers-in-law; nieces and nephews.
She will be desperately missed by her children, Dennis and Yvonne; her grandchildren, Tamara and Tristene; her great-grandchildren, Georgie, Tiana, Samantha, Tarilyn, Tayla; her nieces and nephews, Kotty, Duane, Delores, David (Sue), Marvin (Minnie), Marilyn (Paul), Melvin (Rudonna), Roger, Eugene and many others.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at the Faith Independent Baptist Church, Ontario. Pastor Michael Gjefle will officiate. A private family burial will be held at a later date. Family and friends are invited for visitation from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the church.
The Torkelson Funeral Home of Cashton is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at www.torkelsonfuneralhome.com.