Ruth E. Wachowiak, age 77, of Stevens Point, died Tuesday November 2, 2011 at Crystal River Nursing Center in Waupaca. She was born July 13, 1934 in the Town of Wolf River to the late Ervin and Erna (Krenke) Borchardt. She was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church, East Bloomfield. She attended Central State Teachers College- Stevens Point. Ruth married Philip Wachowiak on April 20, 1957. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She served the Lord as the school secretary at Siloah Lutheran School in Milwaukee from 1981 -1997. While living in Milwaukee, she was a member of Gloria Dei Bethesda and later, North Trinity Lutheran Church.
She moved to Stevens Point in 2000 where she was a member of Divine Word Lutheran Church, Plover.
Ruth loved and trusted in the Lord. Her contentment and beautiful smile brought joy to all that knew her. She enjoyed camping, bowling, gardening, her dogs, every sport imaginable, but most of all, spoiling her grandchildren. Ruth is survived by four children, Neil Wachowiak, Milwaukee; Lynn (Andrew) Phelps, Stoughton; Lisa (Mike) Wilt, St. Helena Island, South Carolina; John (Hiroko) Wachowiak, Stevens Point. Seven grandchildren, Michael (Amanda) Faehnel; Heidi and Daniel Wachowiak; James and Stephen Phelps; Julina and Joey Jr. Kwong,. One sister, Arlyss (Bryan) Purchatzke, Oshkosh. Nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and husband. Funeral services was held on Monday, November 7, 2011 at 12:00(Noon) at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 8580 37th Ave. Fremont, WI 54940. The Rev Scott Wolfram, officiating. Visitation was held at the church from 10am until the time of service. A memorial service was also held on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at 2:00 PM at Graceland Cemetery, 6401 N 43rd St. Milwaukee, WI 53209. The Rev. Keith Free, officiating. Visitation was held at the cemetery chapel from 12pm until the time of service. A memorial fund has been established to support Christian Education. Special thanks to the dedicated and caring staff of Crystal River for their kind and compassionate care.