Obituary for Ruth A. Cherney

Ruth A. Cherney

Ruth A. Cherney, 75, Marshfield, passed away with her family at her side after a courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, December 31, 2020, at her home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Marshfield, where a visitation will be from 10:00 am until service time. The service will be streamed online at  Rev. Barry Saylor will officiate. Burial will be in McMillan Memorial Gardens Cemetery at a later date and grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. Rembs Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Ruth was born on November 2, 1945, in Marshfield, to Leo and Clara (Poehnlein) Sauer. She attended Cameron Pride Elementary School, Sacred Heart Parochial School and was a 1963 graduate of Marshfield Senior High School. She attended Nursing School in Fond du Lac, graduating in 1965 as a licensed practical nurse. She then became employed at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield, for over 30 years, working in the pediatric and neonatal units because of her love for children. It was then that she started her own in-home daycare until her retirement.

She enjoyed traveling, reading, classic country music, bowling, gardening, crafts, teaching, and caring for children. She was known for baking love into everything she made.

She was united in marriage to Charles J. Cherney on May 15, 1965, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Marshfield.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Charles, and their children, Chris Cherney of Spencer, Craig (Melissa) Cherney of Spencer, and Caryn (Phil) Degneau of Marshfield. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Aubrey (Mitch) Heiden, Dana and Ryan Cherney, and Austin and Andrew Degneau, and five great-grandchildren, Brandon and Emilee Gebelein, Callie, Lukas, and Madisyn Heiden. She is further survived by a sister, Joyce Wright of Romeoville, IL, and a brother, Mark Sauer of Marshfield, and sisters-in-law, Carolyn and Cheryl Sauer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Ken and Leon Sauer and sisters, Carol Raab, Deanne Hawley, Kathy Olson, and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

The family wishes to thank Heartland Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.

The family will designate a memorial at a later date.

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