THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Ruth Comeaux, 91, passed away Thursday July 13 at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.
Born May 2, 1926, to Walter and Dorothy Rueckert in Fond du Lac, the family moved to Oshkosh in 1941 and she graduated from Oshkosh High School in 1943. She received a scholarship in Latin to Lawrence College in Appleton, but did not attend there. She was accepted into the nursing program at Mercy Hospital in Oshkosh but could not enter the program due to health reasons. She then worked as a receptionist at Mercy Hospital and at a dental office.
She married Keith Comeaux on June 22, 1946 in Oshkosh and they moved to Marinette in 1949 when he accepted a teaching job at Marinette High School. The next year they began their family. Michelle ("Mickey") was born in 1950, Jon in 1952, and Steve in 1954.
She enjoyed being a homemaker and a mother and felt being there for her family was her most important job. After her youngest son entered elementary school, she worked as a cook for Marinette High School hot lunch program and later as a house mother at a group home for boys. She was chief cook for over 20 summers at Camp Bird Youth Camp in Crivitz. Her favorite job was as a library assistant at Porterfield Elementary School.
She loved reading and enjoyed sharing that with young children. An active volunteer at Porterfield Lutheran Church, she helped with Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Ladies Aid for many years. There were many requests for her chili, chicken soup, and potato salad for church dinners and funeral lunches and she was always happy to cook.
She enjoyed camping, gardening, traveling, cheering on the Packers, and playing the slots at the Escanaba casino, but mostly time at home on the river with her husband, friends and family.
She is survived by her husband Keith; a daughter, Michelle (Ed Belongia); two sons, Jon (Mary) and Steve; two grandchildren and two special grandchildren and their children.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Sheila (married to Steve) and three brothers, Ray, Jim and Walter.
Visitation was held at Porterfield Lutheran Church on Tuesday, July 18 from 9 a.m. until time of the funeral services at 11 a.m., followed by a lunch. Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Donations in her memory can be made to Porterfield Lutheran Church Women's Group or Friends of Camp Bird.