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Belke, Ruth
Ruth Belke, 97 of Wausau, passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Ruth was born August 20, 1920 in Wausau, WI, the daughter of Magda and Alfred Netz. Ruth was a glove buyer for Winkleman’s Department Store and later, a homemaker and beloved wife and mother. She enjoyed entertaining both her family and friends.

Survivors include two sons, David (Martha) Belke, Thomas Belke, and daughter Mary Belke. Ruth is also survived by her loving sister Bernice Cross, nephew, John (Louise) Cross, and their daughters, Christina and Victoria. Ruth leaves behind two very special friends, Judy Rosemurgy and Monica Wilde of Wausau.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Paul Belke after 57 wonderful years of marriage.

Many thanks to the staff at Sylvan Crossings on Evergreen Dr, Dr. Ivan Schaller, and Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

In respect to Ruth’s wishes there will be no visitation. Ruth will be laid to rest at Memorial Chapel Mausoleum at Restlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services, 333 Pine Ridge Blvd, Wausau, WI 54401.

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  1. Bill Seim

    01/04/2018 at 1:47 pm

    Condolences to David, Mary and Tom
    I have always thought of your mother as my second mother. I regret that after I left Wausau for Milwaukee, than St. Paul and finally Austin, Texas, I had few opportunities to see her and for that matter to see any of you. Your mother always had a smile on her face each time I did see her and was the most pleasant individual. May she rest in peace.

    Bill Seim

  2. Bob Seim

    01/04/2018 at 1:47 pm

    Hi to David, Mary, and Tom
    First I want to say how sorry I am for the loss of your mother. Ruth was a wonderful mother and a great neighbor. I have so many wonderful memories of playing with all of you in your back yard. I can clearly remember my mother telling Bill and I that we had to wait until after 8:00am to go over to your house because you were probably still eating breakfast. I remember Ruth driving David, Bill and me all the way up to Morine lake in the Harrison Hill to spend time sleeping in a tent for two days and fishing for trout. Than two days later she drove all that distance again to pick the three of us up.
    With our sincere sympathies,
    Bob Seim

  3. Jacklyn Etienne

    01/04/2018 at 1:47 pm

    May the family cherish the fond memories of Ruth. My sincere condolences to the family. May the words of Isaiah 65:20-25 bring comfort to you.