Obituary: Ruth C. Lewis


Ruth C. Louis, age 84, of Waconia, passed away on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 the Waconia Good Samaritan Center in Waconia.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waconia with Father Bennet Tran as celebrant of the Mass; visitation was one hour prior to the Mass at church. Final Resting Place St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Ruth was born on Sept. 18, 1928 in Cologne the daughter of Martin and Eleanor (Wickenhauser) Schmitz. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Cologne. On Aug. 20, 1947 Ruth was united in marriage to Jack Louis at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Cologne with Father Tony Louis as celebrant of the Mass.

Ruth was a very giving person always helping out at the church, the Waconia Food Shelf or anyone that needed at hand. In her younger years Ruth and Jack would enjoy old tyme dancing. Ruth also took great pleasure in cooking, baking, reading, traveling with a group or just get in the car and drive to a destination.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Jack; parents Martin and Eleanor Schmitz; brothers Wilfred and Gene Schmitz; sisters Helen Hansel, Florence Schmitz, Sally Mieseler, Ethel Hartmann.

Ruth is survived by her loving family: son Bill Louis of Cologne; daughter Rita Louis of Waconia; Grandson Zachary (Jessica) Louis; great-granddaughter Callia Jean Louis; sisters and brothers-in-law Lorraine Kelzer of Waconia, Marilyn and Richard Borka of Waconia, Jeanette and Terry Patrick of Waconia; brother and sisters-in-law Roger and JoAnn Schmitz of Cologne, Elaine Schmitz of Waconia, Betty Louis of Paynesville, Charleen Louis of Eagan; Nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Casket Bearers Ron Kelzer, Alan Storms, Tom Schmitz, Dale Schmitz, Gayle Notermann, Katie Steinhagen, Chuck Louis, Steve Louis

Arrangements are made with the Johnson Funeral Home of Waconia; Online condolences @