Obit: Maresch, Ruth A. (1931 – 2017)


Surnames: Hovland, Schumacher, Maresch, Baer

Source: Tribune/Record/Gleaner (Abbotsford, WI) - 29 Mar 2017

Maresch, Ruth A. (20 AUG 1931 – 22 MAR 2017)

Ruth A. Maresch, 85, Willard, passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. A private celebration of Ruth’s life will be held at a later date.

Ruth Ann Hovland was born on Aug. 20, 1931, in Janesville, to Melvin and Gladys (nee Schumacher) Hovland. She was raised and educated in the Janesville area and later moved to Beloit with her family. Ruth married Bruce R. Maresch on June 11, 1949. She worked for several years at the Freeman Shoe Company and retired when they closed the factory down in the mid-1970s. One of her proudest moments was when she took classes to receive her GED in her late 40s. After retirement, Ruth moved to Rock Dam near Willard, where she enjoyed playing cribbage and occasionally going to the casino. In recent years, Ruth enjoyed the solitude Rock Dam had to offer.

Ruth is survived by two daughters: Georgana Cruse of Willard and Carol (Dan) Baer of Beloit; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; one daughter-in-law: Kathy Maresch of Eau Claire; and nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bruce R. Maresch, on June 15, 2016; and her son, Darryl Maresch.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Thorp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.



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