ROCK FALLS – Ruth E. Bohms Waisner, 85, formerly of Rock Falls, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at Garden View Care Center in O’Fallon, Mo., after a long, hard-fought illness.
She was born Oct. 11, 1928, in Rock Falls, the daughter of Herman Janssen and Tessie Marion (Shipman) Bohms. She married John A. Waisner on Feb. 22, 1947, in Rockford.
She was a 50-year member of and 20-year secretary for Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary 2783, a member of State Champion Ritual Team, and an energetic worker for the many Eagle charities. She loved knitting, crocheting, daily crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, and board and card games of all sorts, along with enjoying her ever-growing family.
She is survived by two daughters, Teresa (Larry) Clementz and Nancy (Dave) Mergenthal, both of St. Paul, Mo.; six grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Veto and Lorraine Straznickas of Ottawa; one sister-in-law, Lucille Bohms; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John A. Waisner; their daughter, Jackie Lou, in infancy; her parents, Herman Janssen Bohms and Tessie Marion (Shipman) Bohms; two sisters, Dorothy (Clarence) Riser and Kathryn (Francis) Bushman; two brothers, Ralph (Janette) Bohms and James (Lucille) Bohms; one son-in-law, Donald L. Buckingham; and one granddaughter, Daniela Cantrell.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at McDonald Funeral Home, 505 First Ave., Sterling. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Dalmus Meeks officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ruth’s name to Hospice of the Rock River Valley.
Visit www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.