Obituary for Ruth Stelzer

Ruth E. Stelzer, 103, passed away on Monday, August 22, 2022 at Aspirus Riverview Hospital, Wisconsin Rapids.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, August 26, 2022 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Auburndale, with Rev. Mark Lundgren officiating. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Wisconsin Rapids and grandsons will serve as pallbearers. The visitation will be from 4:30 pm until 7:30 pm on Thursday at Martens/Rembs Funeral Home, Junction City and from 10:00 am until service time on Friday at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Ruth was born on September 16, 1918 in Sherry, to William and Maria (Richardson) Hetze, Sr. She was united in marriage to Orville L. Stelzer on November 6, 1944 in Rudolph. He died on March 21, 2010 after 65 years of marriage.

In addition to being a devoted wife and mother, Ruth had been employed at the Vesper Post Office for 15 years and was Postmaster for four years until her retirement on April 29, 1983.

Ruth enjoyed gardening and her flowers, fishing, playing cards, baking and was known for making the best pies. She and Orville enjoyed square dancing.

She is survived by her children, Ronald (Lee) Stelzer of Auburndale, Raymond (Janice) Stelzer of Plover, Kathy Stelzer of Stevens Point and Karen (Scott) Wiltzius of Stevens Point. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, grandsons Glenn, Scott, Gregory, Kurt, Jeff, Craig, and her favorite granddaughter, Melissa, 10 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, and bothers and sisters, William Hetze, Jr., Gertrude Kronstedt, Robert Hetze, Margaret Marth, Eleanor Eimerman, and Edwin Hetze.

A special thank you to the staff at Hilltop Alpine Terrace Assisted Living who went above and beyond with their loving care.

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