THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Ruth E. Pleshek
Issue Date: March 8, 2017
Ruth Ellen (Weyers) Pleshek, 84, of Oconto, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 28 surrounded by family.
Born Dec. 24, 1932, to the late Henry and Rosella (Timmers) Weyers at St. Elizabeth's in Appleton. The family lived in Kaukauna until moving to Oshkosh in 1952. She attended St. Mary's Catholic School and graduated from Kaukauna High School in 1951. She worked at Thilmany in Kaukana until moving to Oshkosh where she worked at Universal Foundry.
She married Roger Pleshek at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Oshkosh on June 25, 1955. The couple moved to Milwaukee where he worked at AC Spark Plug. In 1959, they welcomed a son, Michael, and in 1960, their daughter, Jean.
They then moved to Oconto where she became involved in the community as a lifetime member of the Oconto Legion Auxillary. She belonged to the Oconto Legion Golf Club Women's League, was an active member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church where she and Roger sang in the choir for many years and also joined in many other activities.
In 1968, they opened a Sears Catalog Store in Oconto until selling the business in 1974. She worked at Pitroff's Candy store during holiday seasons, which she enjoyed. She also worked at Elliot Glove in Oconto until being employed as an administrative assistant at the Health and Human Services Department at Oconto County Courthouse where she worked until retirement.
She survived many health issues in her life, with her drive and faith leading her out of peril, never complained and bounced back from every setback. She was devoted to her husband and cared for him after he had a massive stroke in 1989, until his passing on March 7, 2004.
She then was involved in Oconto's Ruby Hatters and joined the Bond Community Center where she swam with her pals. She volunteered at the Nursing Home, sewed quilts, did activities with residents and stayed involved with the Oconto American Legion Auxilliary until no longer able.
In 2010, her health began to decline and her daughter and son-in-law, Dave and Jeannie moved in with her to take care of her until requiring full care. In January of 2014, she moved into Sun Valley Assisted Living where she enjoyed crafting, bingo, puzzles, coloring and cards.
She is survived by a daughter, Jean (David) Feldt, Oconto; a daughter-in law, Annette Pleshek, Chilton; siblings, Dee (Doc) Mosher, Neenah, Betty Schoenberger, Oshkosh, Peggy Draves, Neenah and Henry (Judy) Weyers, Oshkosh and six grandchildren.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Roger (Knute) Pleshek; a son, Michael (Knute) Pleshek; a sister, Eunice Becker; in-laws, Edward and Helen Pleshek; sisters and brother-in-laws, Thomas Shoenberger, Charlie Draves, Roy and Pearl Pleshek; Lila Pitt (Pleshek), Violet Fern Jansen (Pleshek) and Francis "Jack' D. Jansen and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Oconto on Tuesday, March 7 from 9 a.m. until time of a Memorial Service at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon at Holy Trinity Parish Hall.