Ruth Gutschenritter, of Niles

Published 10:08 am Friday, March 10, 2017

Sept. 17, 1921 — March 6, 2017

Miss Ruth Lucy Gutschenritter, 95, of Niles, died at 11:35 p.m. Monday, March 6, 2017, at Riveridge Manor following a brief illness.
She was born Sept. 17, 1921, in Hartford, Wisconsin, to Arthur J. and Elizabeth M. (Burelbach) Gutschenritter.
She graduated from Niles High School, and has lived in Niles most of her life. As a young lady, she was employed for several years as a switchboard operator for the former Michigan Bell Telephone Company.
Ruth was a member of Saint Mary Catholic Church in Niles where she rarely missed a Mass or other event. For many years, she was a dedicated home health caregiver for her father. She could often be seen walking to church, to grocery stores, or running errands, and was a friend to all whom she met.

Ruth Gutschenritter

She was preceded in death by her mother, Elizabeth Gutschenritter, in 1924; by her father, Arthur (Delia) Gutschenritter; and by a brother, Lawrence Gutschenritter.
Surviving family includes her sister, Alice Kass of Grand Rapids, brother Victor Gutschenritter of Niles and many nieces and nephews of several generations.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Ruth Gutschenritter will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, March 13, 2017, at Saint Mary Catholic Church, by the Rev. Christian Johnston of the parish. Committal rites will be read at noon Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at Saint Peter’s Catholic Cemetery in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, by Deacon Ed Cody of Saint Katharine Drexel Parish in Beaver Dam.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Halbritter-Wickens Funeral Home in Niles, with recitation of the rosary at 7:30 p.m.
Contributions in memory of Miss Gutschenritter may be made to Saint Mary Catholic Church, or to an organization of the donor’s choice.