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Ruth Basta

A wonderfully devoted Mom, Ruth Basta loved taking care of her family.  Ruth always looked forward to the family get togethers at her home, what ever the occasion.  Several of her hobbies included sewing, reading, watching birds and wlildlife, and gardening. For years, Ruth & her husband, Howard had a huge vegetable garden from which they taught all three of their daughters how to preserve and can produce. They especially enjoyed sending their three daugthers, Barb, Trish, & Robin out to the garden to "weed". Ruth also enjoyed volunteering as the Girl Scout Troop leader for her girls as they were growing up in Schofield. 

Ruth was born July 1, 1912 in Milwaukee to the late Adolph and Erna (Hassman) Mueller.  Growing up in Milwaukee, she graduated from high school and worked several years at Harley-Davidson. 

On June 13, 1944, Ruth married Howard in Milwaukee.  Ruth was a stay-at-home mom until all of her girls started school. She was then employed with the D. C. Everest School District as the Secretary at Schofield Elementary School from 1961 until her retirement in 1976. 

Ruth and Howie enjoyed camping when the kids were growing up, traveling with family and playing cards. At the age of 92, Ruth was still taking "girls" vacations to Florida with Trish and Robin. She especially enjoyed spending time with her granchildren and great-grandchildren.

At the age of 97, Ruth passed away on Friday, March 26, 2010 at Robin's home in Mosinee.

Survivors include Barb (Billy) Smith of Middleton, Trish (James) Wolfe of Schofield, Robin (fiancé- Randy Stanczak) Mroczenski of Mosinee, six grandchildren, Tony Smith, Billee (Dan) Pearson, Nathan (fiancé-Jen Green) Stankowski, Libbe (Mark) Slavin, Bradley (Amber) Mroczenski, Amber (Eric) Kozlowski, five great grandchildren, Madison, Tyler, Jacob, Ella and Connor, one step grandson, Ryan (Kari) Wolfe, two step great grandchildren, Kenzie and Alex, brother-in-law, Kenneth (Marcy) Basta of Milwaukee, and sister-in-law, Margaret Jungbauer of Milwaukee.  Ruth was preceded in death by Howard on May 10, 1988, her son-in-law, Daniel Mroczenski, three sisters, Beatrice Bayer, Dorothy Mueller, Margaret Bohnert, and one brother, Raymond Mueller.

Memorial services will be held today, March 31, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. at the Helke Funeral Home, Wausau.  Aspirus Chaplain Grant Brown will officiate.  Entombment will be in Restlawn Memorial Park.  Visitation will be today from 3:30 p.m. until the time of services.  You may sign our family guest book at

Memorials may be directed to Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Service, 333 Pine Ridge Blvd, Wausau, 54401.

We would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses at Comfort Care for the patience, kindness, and tenderness they gave Mom and our family.

Helke Funeral Home
302 Spruce Street
Wausau, WI  54401
(715) 842-3993
(715) 848-2876 Fax
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