Ruth E. Holapa

Ruth E. Holapa

JANESVILLE–Ruth E. Holapa, age 94, of Janesville, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, at Country Comforts, Cambridge. She was born in Janesville on May 13, 1918, the daughter of Herman and Bertha (Peske) Preuss and was a 1935 graduate of Janesville High School. Ruth married John W. Holapa on Nov. 27, 1946, in Janesville. He preceded her in death on Sept. 20, 1993. She was employed by the Janesville Board of Education and was a charter member of St. Mark Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her children: Jane (Wayne) Korsberg, Susan (Thomas) Schroeder, and Mark (Linda) Holapa all of Janesville; 5 grandchildren: Ingrid (Matt) Gruett of Middleton, Brian Macdonald, Kathryn (Jerry) Davis, John Holapa and Lauren Holapa all of Janesville; 6 great grandchildren: Aliya, Henry, Griffin, Samuel, Anna, and Braaten; and a niece, Judith Matheson of Janesville. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; 3 brothers: Hugo, George and Walter Preuss; a sister, Margaret Mathews; and a niece, Betty Thurner.

Memorial services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at ST. MARK LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2921 Mt. Zion Ave., Janesville, with Rev. Paul Speerbrecker officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until the hour of service at St. Mark Lutheran Church. Memorials in lieu of other expressions of sympathy may be directed to the Lutheran Association of Missionaries and Pilots. SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY is assisting the family with arrangements.