Ruth H. Gimber, age 86, a Birnamwood native, went to be with Jesus on Thursday, January 28, 2010 in the care of Homme Home of Wittenberg. Her funeral service will be June 1, 2010 when her loving family can gather to celebrate her life here on earth and her entry into Heaven.
She was born August 1, 1923 in Birnamwood, the daughter of the late Carl and Cora (Lemke) Roepke, the second-youngest of their eight children. They brought her to be baptized into the family of Christ on Oct. 26, 1923 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Birnamwood.
Ruth attended school in Birnamwood, graduating with the Class of 1940 from Birnamwood High School.
In 1949, Ruth was united in marriage to Earle Gimber in Paris Island, South Carolina. With her husband's career in the Marines, they moved around the country for many years: Camp La Jeune, S.C., Camp Pendleton, CA. Family members received many post cards telling of their travels and adventures. After Earle retired from the service, they lived in Cherry Hill, N.J. and Winter Park, FL. He preceded her in death on February 14, 1991 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
Ruth worked for the Army Corps of Engineers for many years. She would return to Birnamwood each year on her birthday, and the family would gather to celebrate the occasion. After retirement in Florida and the death of her husband, she returned to Birnamwood, living in the family homestead and once again worshiping with the family of believers at St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Many family members and friends have ceramic pieces that were made by Ruth as she enjoyed making ceramics and drying them in her kiln. She also enjoyed cooking and crocheted many afghans. Her little dog, Bits, was a source of joy and companionship for her for many years. She was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary.
Survivors include her siblings, Mildred Mund, Randolph, Charlotte Lemke, Wausau, Dr. Henry (Carol) Roepke, Milwaukee and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, Ruth was preceded in death by four siblings, Elton, Norman, Newton Roepke and Dorothea Detjen.
Family and friends are welcome to come to a visitation at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Birnamwood, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 1, 2010. Memorials are designated for new paraments for the altar at St. Paul.
Interment will be in Forest Cemetery, Birnamwood immediately following the service.
Schmidt-Schulta Funeral Home, Birnamwood, is assisting the family. The family guestbook and codolences available at www.schmidtschulta.com