Arlene M. Ruchti

Born: Thu., Sep. 10, 1925
Died: Sat., Jan. 15, 2011

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Fri., Jan. 21, 2011

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  Brodhead - Arlene M. Ruchti, age 85, passed away on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at the Evansville Manor, Evansville, WI.  She was born on September 10, 1925 in Brodhead, the daughter of Josiah Brian “J.B.” and Bernice (Kammerer) Searles.  She married Adolph “Fritz” Ruchti on November 24, 1956 in Brodhead.  He passed away on November 19, 2003.

Arlene graduated from Brodhead High School in 1943, and attended Madison Business College. She was a member of the Congregational United Church of Christ, Brodhead, and had served as a past Sunday School Superintendent. She had been a Girl Scout leader, a member of the Brodhead Firefighters Auxiliary and the Eastern Star.  Prior to her marriage, Arlene did bookkeeping for many area businesses, including her father’s farm implement business. After her marriage, Arlene was the bookkeeper for the family business, Ruchti Implement, a local John Deere dealership. She loved to sew and socialize with friends and customers, but most of all, she cherished the time she was able to spend with her grandchildren. 

She is survived by her children, Walter (Cheryl) Ruchti, Post Falls, ID, John (Jayne) Ruchti, Merry (Bill “Bear”) Lawrence, both of Evansville, Bill (Carrie Shelton) Ruchti, Brodhead, Jean Ruchti, Stoughton,  Thomas Ruchti, Janesville, a sister-in-law, Katherine “Kay” Searles, Brodhead, former daughter-in-law, Teresa Ruchti, Beloit, and thirteen grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband and two brothers, J.B. and Robert Searles.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 21, 2011, at the Congregational United Church of Christ, Brodhead, with Rev. R. Tiffany Bates officiating.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.

 The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff at the UW Dialysis Center in Fitchburg and the staff and residents at the Evansville Manor for making Arlene's time with them so enjoyable.

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Chuck & Shirley Christman
   Posted Sun January 16, 2011
So sorry to hear about Arlene. She was such a very nice lady and will be missed by anyone who knew her.

Dick & Betty
   Posted Tue January 18, 2011
Sorry to hear about Arlene. She was a great neighbor and wonderful lady and Mom.

Jane St. John
   Posted Wed January 19, 2011
What a wonderful tribute to a Mother .... to have such caring children. My thoughts are with all of you as you go thru the tough days .

Karl Heidenreich
   Posted Wed January 19, 2011
So sorry to hear of your mothers passing. My thoughts and prayers are wih you during this difficult time.

   Posted Thu January 20, 2011
We were so sorry to hear Arlene had passed away. Arlene and I were both born in 1925 and I always held her as a special cousin. When our families visited Grandma Kammerer, when we were babies all of us had to have our pictures taken in group photos. Those of the same age we usually matched together.
We remember her as a wonderful and delightful individual.
We enjoyed seeing her at the Kammerer Reunions at the bank in Brodhead and the earlier days when we had picnics in the park.
My brothers and sisters all are saddened by you and your loss of Arlene

Our prayers are with you all.

Ken and Sandy Meyer
   Posted Fri January 21, 2011
We were so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing, Bill, and wanted to let you know our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family.

Pam Conway
   Posted Fri January 21, 2011
So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. I have so many memories of her when I was a child. As an adult, I truly realize what a wonderful woman she was. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.