Obit: Schumann, Ruth Norene (1925 - 2017)

Transcriber: Robert Lipprandt 

Surnames: Anderson, Nolan, Norman, Peterson, Schumann, Shackelford

----Source: The Heindl Funeral Home (Phillips, WI) 2/31/2017

Schumann, Ruth Norene (Peterson) Shackelford (7 MAR 1925 - 28 FEB 2017)

Ruth Norene (Peterson) Schumann, Born on March 7, 1925 the fifth of six children of Ole A. Peterson and wife Jennie (Pederson), passed away on Monday, February 6 at the Aspirus Pleasantview Nursing Home in Phillips, Wisconsin.

She was born on a farm in Rib Lake (Wisconsin), but the family moved to Phillips when she was 10 years old. Ruth graduated from Phillips High School in 1943 and continued her education for three more years at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.

She also took courses at the UW-Madison before going to work as a legal secretary in the law firm of Frankel, Langhammer and Pines. Ruth divorced and remarried in Madison where she raised her three children and remarried two more times before retiring to her beloved hometown, where she purchased a house and acreage on the Elk River in 1989. Here she could revel in the views of nature that fed her artistic imagination.

While still in Madison Ruth traveled extensively, including several sailing excursions in the Caribbean and she honed her public speaking skills as a member of the Toastmistress's Club. Ruth will be remembered as the talented, creative and much beloved "black sheep" of her generation, who took great delight in painting, photography and pottery making. Always interested in politics and widely read in several fields, she was fascinated by the dramas played out on C-Span and was also an avid bridge player, a hobby she pursued until age 90.

Ruth is survived by her son Jole (Frankie) Shackelford and grandsons Gorm (Sarah Norman) and Leif (Erika Anderson), as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by sons Thomas and Terry Shackelford, daughter-in-law Sherrilyn and granddaughter Shauna Shackelford, husbands Richard Shackelford and Robert Schumann, and siblings Emily Johnson, Ruby Nolan, and Orville, Wiley, and John Peterson.

Interment will take place at Two Lakes Cemetery in Phillips on July 1.

Online condolences may expressed at

The Heindl Funeral Home in Phillips is assisting the family with arrangements.



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