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Surrounded by her loving family, Ruth E. Schmalfelt, 86, passed away Monday at her residence.  Ruth was born in St. Francis, Wisconsin on March 27, 1931. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Jeanette (Nee:  Koronkowski) Klump.

Prior to her marriage, Ruth worked at Dun & Bradstreet.  On November 21, 1953 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Milwaukee, Ruth was united in marriage to John “Jack” C. Schmalfelt.  Ruth has been a longtime member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church and volunteered for many years at the hospital.

An excellent baker, Ruth will be fondly remembered for her beautifully themed birthday cakes and assorted delectable Christmas cookies.  One of Ruth’s greatest joys came from her devotion to raising and caring for her family.  She loved attending her grandchildren’s school and sporting activities. During her later years, Ruth enjoyed watching sporting programs with her husband.  Ruth and Jack enjoyed traveling for many years, especially to Hawaii and Naples, Florida.

She will be dearly missed by Jack, her loving husband of sixty-three years; her children, Sandra (Dennis) Meulemans of Lake Forest, IL, Dean Schmalfelt, Terri (Randy) Rieser, all of Racine, Patricia Oliver of Milwaukee; her grandchildren, Nicole (Joel) DaPra of Racine, Matthew Rieser, Jenna Meulemans, Laura (John) Goetz; sister-in-law, Sharon Klump of Milwaukee; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Carl Klump; sister, Patricia (Kenneth) Gilbert; and sister-in-law, Mary (Ray) Hannes.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated  on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church.  Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass at 10:30 a.m.

Memorials to St. Catherine’s High School or to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Wheaton Franciscan Home Health and Hospice, especially her caregivers, Linda and Cara.