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Ruth  F. Soliday
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Ruth F. Soliday (nee Templeman) was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 1, 1912 to her parents, Arthur and Helen Templeman. She became a child of God through Holy Baptism on September 20, 1912 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church and was confirmed as a member of the Christian Church on May 16, 1926 at St. James Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. Her confirmation verse was John 17:3 – “Now this is eternal life; that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”

Ruth graduated from Washington High School in June, 1930 and worked in the office at Weyenberg Shoe Company. Later she was secretary to the inventor of x-ray equipment there.

She met Victor Soliday of Sistersville, West Virginia, on July 4, 1930. Vic was a student at the Milwaukee School of Engineering at the time. They were married on July 4, 1934 at St. James Lutheran Church in Milwaukee.

Vic and Ruth had two children, Renee’ (Wayne) Baxmann and Brian (who was killed in an auto accident at age 25.) Brian left a wife, Lois, and two small children, Scott and Mike Soliday. Lois eventually remarried Charles Oxford. Together they had a daughter, Samantha who became a loving grand daughter to Ruth.

Grandchildren Dale, Beth and Amy Baxmann as well as Scott, Mike and Samantha brought Ruth great joy. She leaves behind numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Ruth had one sister, the late Evelyn (Harold) Grunewald and has a nephew, Glenn Grunewald.

After her children were in school Ruth became the church secretary at Mount Lebanon Lutheran church in Milwaukee, the church home for the family for over 50 years. Ruth served Mount Lebanon for 21 years and managed the book store there for 30 years.

Vic and Ruth moved to Luther Haven in 1990 and joined Risen Savior Lutheran Church. Vic was called to his Eternal Home in June of 1996 after 62 wonderful years of marriage.

Ruth moved into the Gardens of Hartford in August of 2015 when she needed more care. At that time she became a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Hartford. She spent the last two weeks of her earthly life at Kathy Hospice in West Bend.

While friends and family mourn the loss of their dear mother, grandma, “GG”, and aunt they also rejoice knowing that Ruth has reached her goal of joining her Savior Jesus in Heaven. Thanks be to God for having sustained her in her faith until the end. Ruth entered the everlasting peace of her heavenly home on July 1, 2018 at the age of 105 years and ten months.

Funeral services for Ruth will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church (1001 Center St. Hartford, WI). Family will greet relatives and friends at the church from 9:30 -11:00 a.m.

Memorials to Peace Lutheran Church or to the Wayne and Renee Baxmann Scholarship Fund at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School are appreciated.

Ruth wanted those attending her funeral to know her personal confession of faith in Jesus:

Jesus, my Savior, guardian and friend has given me much comfort and strength. He
has been with me through the difficult days of tragedy and sickness, when sleepless nights were spent praying and reading the Bible, especially the psalms. I put my trust in Jesus and look forward to being in eternity with him and my loved ones who have gone before me and I pray that my loved ones here on earth will be joining me one day.”

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9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Peace Lutheran Church

1001 Center Street
Hartford, WI 53027

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11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Peace Lutheran Church

1001 Center Street
Hartford, WI 53027


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