Milwaukee -- Ruth Ernestine Carolyn Gitzel, age 93, died peacefully on April 28, 2013.
Ruth was a lifelong resident of Milwaukee and an active member of her community. She was generous, loving, patient, talented and creative. She found joy in playing the piano and gave piano lessons to many of her squirmy nieces and nephews, whom she loved and who loved her right back. She also took them to plays, concerts and museums. In later life she took up painting, and many of her paintings now grace the homes of her nieces, nephews and sister.
She served in her church as Sunday school teacher and deacon, and she served in the community by tutoring math in several middle schools, putting to use her math degree from Milwaukee-Downer College. She enjoyed the beauty of flowers, gardens and the outdoors, and frequently walked, skated and cross-country skied in Whitnall Park, which she loved.
Her work provided her another creative outlet. Ruth spent many years in the field of home furnishing, culminating with the opening of her own store, Lamps Etc., in Brookfield in 1983.
Ruth is survived by her sister Carol (Robert) Anderson. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Marion (Walter) Schmidt and Dorothea (Eldon) Smithback. She is missed by her family, her friends and her community.
There will be a Memorial Service for Ruth at 10 a.m. on July 13, 2013, at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 1100 N. Astor St., Milwaukee. Anyone whose life was touched by Ruth is welcome.
MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888