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  Ruth H. Schrauth, 92, of Medford, passed away September 5, 2017 at Aspirus Hospital in Medford.

  She was born May 30, 1925 in Medford, WI to the late John and Freida (Fischer) Schmidt. She was married to the late Louis Malchow in 1946 who passed away in 1963. She then married the late Alvin Schrauth in 1966 and enjoyed there 41 years together until his passing in 2007.
  Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday September 11, 2017 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford. Father Phil Juza will officiate. Burial will follow at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church Monday September 11, 2017 from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.
  Ruth was well known for owning and operating Malchow Grocery in Medford from 1953 until her retirement in 1976. She enjoyed all the customers and memories made at the grocery store. She also enjoyed cooking, sewing, quilting, spending time with her family and friends, cook books, magazines and gardening her vegetables and plants.
  She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
  Ruth is survived by her children: Ilene (Michael) Grant of Medford and Gary Malchow of Madison; Grandson: James (Penny) Grant of Medford; Great Grandchildren: Avery and Anthony Grant of Medford; Sisters: Louise Piller of Watertown and Gloria (Mark Hartman) Spreen of Medford; Brothers: Roy Schmidt of Sussex and Ervin (Delores) Schmidt of Medford; Sister-In-Law: Christine Schmidt of Cedarberg.

  In addition to her parents and late husband’s Ruth is preceded in death by infant son Dale Malchow; Brothers: Arnold Schmidt and Marvin Schmidt; Sister: Lenora Johnson
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made out to the family of Ruth to be designated at a later date.
  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at

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