Ruth Ella Heldt Warren, age 96, Town of Rietbrock, Athens, peacefully went to meet her Savior on Jan. 1, 2019, with family by her side.
Ruth was born in the Town of Rietbrock, Athens, to Albert and Bertha (Riemer) Heidmann on May 2, 1922.
Ruth married Arthur R. Heldt. Ruth and Arthur farmed in the Town of Rietbrock. She also worked as a highly talented interior decorator for over 55 years, which she thoroughly enjoyed. Together they had six children. Ruth and Arthur celebrated 50+ years of marriage before he was called to Heaven in 1992.
In 1996, Ruth married John P. Warren. John was called to Heaven in 2003.
Ruth (Arthur) instilled a strong Christian faith and work ethic in their children. Her interests included gospel music, birdwatching, sewing, traveling and, above all, spending time with family. Ruth was a wonderful, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.
She was cared for in the homes of her two daughters for the last few years of her life, where she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
Survivors include her children, Carolyn Mantik, Athens, Roger (Chris) Heldt, Racine, Dale Heldt (Elaine Butt), Athens, and Donna (Bruce) Lotzer, Athens; daughter-in-law, Evelyn Heldt, Green Lake; step-children, John (Grace) Warren, Rice Lake, David (Joan) Warren, Tacoma, Wash., Ronald (Sue) Warren, Wausau, and Mary (Don) Ogden, Eau Claire; and foster son, Arnold Patton, Mosinee. Ruth is also survived by her 19 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren; and 24 great-great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents and husbands, she was preceeded in death by two sons, Arthur “Dick” Heldt Jr. and Daniel Heldt; one son-in-law, Jerald Mantik; a granddaughter, JanaDe Lotzer; a great-grandson, Kyle Felton; and granddaughter-in-law, Kim Heldt; as well as her siblings, Floyd, Allan, Margaret, Fredrick, Rudolph, Florence, Earl, Edna, Irene and Joyce.
A celebration of faith service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. until the time of service at Christ United Church, 712 Pine Street South, Athens. Interment will be in the Athens Cemetery.
Mid-Wisconsin Cremation Society is assisting the family at this time. Online condolences maybe expressed at www.HonorOne.com.