Ruby A. LesnickIssue Date: March 29, 2018
Ruby Ann (Norton) Lesnick, 89, the wife of former Peshtigo High School teacher and outstanding coach, Ralph Lesnick, died Thursday, March 22, 2018. Ruby Ann was a resident at Gabriel's Villa in Oshkosh for the past 10 years.
Born on Sept. 29, 1928, in Oshkosh to Oscar and Anna (Albertsen) Norton, she was a 1946 graduate of Berlin High School. She worked in the office of Nigbor Fur Coat Company and later moved to Omro to be with family. She was also employed at the New American Bank in Oshkosh.
The couple was married in August of 1947 in Berlin. After their marriage, they moved to Normal, IL where he attended college. Following his college graduation, they resided in the communities of Howards Grove, East Troy, Lena, Peshtigo and Mayville, Wisconsin where he pursued jobs in the education profession. Their last move was to Oshkosh in 1968.
Ruby Ann was an elementary school secretary working at both Read and Jacob Shapiro Schools. She retired in 1984. Following her retirement, she volunteered for many years with the Oshkosh Senior Friends, visiting homebound seniors. She traveled extensively throughout most of the United States as well as in Canada from Nova Scotia to Vancouver. Her travels took her on a Caribbean Cruise and to the ABC Islands, which included Aruba.
Very proud of her Danish heritage, she visited her parents' birthplace in Door County, Wisconsin several times a year where she was able to connect with relatives. She was interested in her genealogy and the background of her Danish family.
A lover of flowers, Ruby Ann had a passion and a green thumb for growing roses. She enjoyed watching football and was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers.
A loving and devoted mother to her family, she is survived by her three sons and daughters-in-law, David (Barbara) Lesnick of Kalispell, MT, Mark (Susan) Lesnick of West Plains, MO and Timothy (Pam) Lesnick of Hortonville, WI; her "favorite" grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Rodney (Sarah) Lesnick and her two cherished great-granddaughters, Emma and Alexa Lesnick, all of Combined Locks, WI. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Ruby Ann was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years; five brothers and six sisters.
Memorial services were held on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Seefeld Funeral Chapels, 1025 Oregon Street, Oshkosh, WI. A time of visiting and sharing of memories was held on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the funeral chapel. A private family burial service will follow. Memorials may be directed to American Cancer Society, Christine Ann Center or to a charity of your choice in Ruby Ann's memory. Online condolences to the family may be made at www.seefeldfuneral.com.
The Lesnick family expresses a special thank you to the "family" at Gabriel's Villa for their compassionate and loving care for the last 10 years of Ruby Ann's life and to Aurora Hospice at Home for making her last days comfortable.
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