Ruth E Olson, of Antigo, died Monday, May 24, 2021, at home under the care of her family, Hands with Heart and LeRoyer Hospice. She was 94 years old. She was born on February 15, 1927, in Janesville, a daughter of Clarence and Bessie (Poirier) Long. She married Herman Olson on May 3, 1944, in Antigo. He preceded her in death on October 12, 1982.
As a young lady she worked for Nesco in Milwaukee making bullets for WWII efforts.
Returning to Antigo she worked at the Veneer Mill and Pauline's Pizza. For 47 years Ruth worked as a cook at Stimac's and BB Jacks retiring at age 90.
She was a longtime member of Peace Lutheran Church in Antigo.
She enjoyed cooking and reading.
Survivors include a daughter, Catherine (Bob) Purmort Jr., Riverview, FL; three sons, Vincent (Laurie) Olson, Las Vegas, Charles Olson, Antigo, David Olson and fiance Barb Servi, Antigo; eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; a sister, Evelyn (Louis) Drescher, West Bend; a son-in-law, John Tenant of Kenosha.
She was preceded in death by her husband, a daughter, Cynthia Tenant; son, John Olson; one granddaughter Elizabeth; a brother, Alen Long; a brother, Vern Long, four sisters, Marian, Gladys, Stella, and Blanche;
In keeping with Ruth's wishes private services were held. Burial took place in Elmwood Cemetery.
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I worked with Ruthie for years at Stimac’s and then BBJacks! She was such a sweet person and hard worker. She was my all time favorite cook to work with! I’m so sorry for your loss!