Ruth LaCroix

Ruth A. LaCroix, 92, of Sheboygan and former resident of Cleveland passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 at Terrace Place in Sheboygan.

Ruth was born July 24, 1929 in Cleveland to Ray and Agnes (Schwinn) Gries.

On Nov. 25, 1948 Ruth was united in marriage to Marvin LaCroix at St. Wendel Catholic Church in Cleveland. Together they raised three children, Jim, Michele and Lori.

Ruth worked many jobs over her lifetime and retired from Tecumseh Products in New Holstein after 30 years.

Ruth had volunteered at the Manitowoc Civic Center for 13 years, also ushering at the Weill Center. Ruth greatly enjoyed the Schwinn family cousins breakfast club. She enjoyed camping with her family, playing cards, crafting and ceramics. Ruth and Marvin both belonged to the Melody Dancers and the Anniversary Club for over 50 years. Ruth was a member of the Cleveland Red Hat Society. She was a member of the Cleveland Senior Center and had belonged to the St. Wendel Catholic Church until the church closed its doors. She then became a member of St. John Evangelist Catholic Church in Kohler. Ruth loved her family, and was very proud of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Ruth is survived by a son, Jim (Millie) La Croix of Sheboygan; one daughter, Michele (Stan) Scharenbroch of Sheboygan; son-in-law, Dan Fosdick of Lake Mills; seven grandchildren, Jen (Matt) Powers, Jeff (fiancée Karli Hinton) La Croix, Eric (Allison) Scharenbroch, Gina (Bill) Heitzmann, Scott (Rheanna) Scharenbroch, Nathan and Garrett Fosdick; five great-grandchildren, Shannon Powers, Alec Scharenbroch, Sydney and Haley Heitzmann and Phoenix Scharenbroch; brothers Harold (special friend Pam Del Duca) Gries and Bill (Jean) Gries; sister Betty (Nick) Rieth; and other relatives and friends.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin LaCroix; daughter Lori LaCroix; parents Ray and Agnes (Schwinn) Gries; one brother, Richard (Elaine) Gries; father-in-law and mother-in-law Paul and Mathilda “Tilly” (Kautzer); one brother-in-law, Hugo (Helen) La Croix; and two sisters-in-law, Mildred (Alvin) Modra and Veronica “Frohnie” Williams.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated for Ruth on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at noon at St. John Evangelist Catholic Church, 600 Greentree Rd. in Kohler. The Rev. Robert Lotz will be celebrant. Entombment will be in the Knollwood Mausoleum, Town of Kussuth. Friends may call at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund will be established to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in honor of Ruth’s great-grandson.

Ruth’s family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff at Terrace Place and Compassus Hospice for the wonderful care that they gave Ruth.

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“When I was born, everyone was happy and smiling; I was the only one crying.

When I died, everyone was sad and crying; I was the only one happy and smiling.”

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