SPRINGFIELD – Ruth P. Bretz, 88, of Springfield, died at 7:51 p.m., on Friday, October 1, 2010 at St. John’s Hospital.
She was born November 17, 1921 in Flora, IL, the daughter of Grover and Cora Budune Shinefield. She was married to Thomas Bretz on May 30, 1940. He preceded her in death on January 24, 1990. She is also preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers, Eugene and Paul Shinefield and 2 sisters, Eleanor Shinefield and Eloise Amburg.
She is survived by two sons, Thomas (Diane) Bretz of Lexington, KY, and John Mick (JoEllen) Bretz of Springfield, three daughters, Kathie (Bob) Schuster of Athens, Theresa (Mike) Poole of Springfield and Joan (Larry) Evans of Springfield, 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, one sister Helen Wernsing of Springfield and several nieces and nephews.
Ruth was a member of St. Aloysius Church and Catholic Daughters of America. She retired from the Secretary of State after 32 years as an Administrative Clerk.
Visitation: 5-7 p.m., Sunday, October 3, 2010 at Staab Funeral Home with a prayer service at 5:00 p.m.
Funeral Service: 11 a.m., Monday, October 4, 2010 at St. Aloysius Church. Reverend Tom Donovan will be officiating with burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Aloysius Church.
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