WKEB Obituaries Blog

Ruth N. Gaede


Ruth N. Gaede, age 82, of Withee, passed away on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at her home with her daughters by her side under the tender care of Hope Hospice.

A Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 17, 2022 at Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Withee. The Reverend Daniel Vang will officiate. Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service Monday at the church. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen is entrusted with the arrangements.

Ruth was born on September 8, 1939, the daughter of Carl and Viola (Rohrssen) Zabel in Iowa. On July 11, 1954, Ruth was united in marriage to Marlowe Gaede. Ruth was a housewife and farmwife. She also cooked at various restaurants and worked in a factory in Medford. Ruth completed her education by obtaining her GED in her 60’s.

Ruth enjoyed playing cards and crocheting. Ruth loved to torment her children and joke around. She cherished her family and will greatly be missed.

Ruth is survived by her seven children: Dean (Diane) Gaede of Greenwood, Verlaine Gaede of Withee, Vernon (Linda) Gaede of Chippewa Falls, Teresa Gaede (Rick Edblom) of Withee, Karen (Brian) Murphy of Wisconsin Dells, Brian Gaede of Owen, and Valitha (Dewey) Plamann of Merrill; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren including several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. She is further survived by a brother: Eugene (Irene) Zabel and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and family.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Marlowe (2019); three children: Pamela (in infancy), Darrell and Jeffrey Gaede; one grandson; Ryc and six siblings: Miriam (Alfred) Bergman, Lawrence Zabel, Rose (Harold) Blaschke, Carl Jr. (Thelma) Zabel, Florene (Elmer) Schweer, and Florence Zabel.


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