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!
Dear Ruthie was one amazing and tough little bird! She was fiercely independent, but loved to have company and as her body started to give out, she was willing to accept the help and care being offered... but no-one was going to do, what she could still do! (We all truly loved and respected this part of her!!!) She was one amazing lady! I loved having time to just visit and listen to her stories and to hear about her life. I am in awe of her having worked right up until she needed assistance. We began support at the end of June 2019 - and she has been in our care and in our hearts since then!!!! She will be FOREVER in our HEARTS! She was one very special little lady and we were very lucky to have the time with her over these years!
Ruthie - You will be forever in our hearts!
For Ruth's Family - Please know how deeply she loved each of you and how grateful we are that you shared her with us over these past few years. May your memories help ease this difficult time.
Yours in HOPE!
Jill Lewandowski, Jennie Volkman and the entire Hands with Heart Care Team!
My prayers and condolences to family and friends 🙏
Sorry for your loss .Ruth was a very special lady one of the sweetest I had ever knew