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Ruth Licht, 92, Baraboo

April 3, 2018

Ruth Irma (Shimniok) Licht, 92, of Baraboo, passed away Sunday, April 1, 2018, at St. Clare Meadows in Baraboo, as the lord of life and death welcomed Ruth into her eternal home.

Ruth was born Sept. 7, 1925, at home in the town of Sumpter, the daughter of John and Elsie (Schneider) Shimniok. Ruth was baptized Oct. 25, 1925, in the Sumpter Evangelical Lutheran Church. She was confirmed in the Lutheran faith on March 17, 1940, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Prairie du Sac.

Ruth graduated from high school in North Freedom. On Nov. 8, 1947, she united in marriage to Marvin Herman Licht. They farmed together and raised four children, Shirley, Marvin, Daniel and Linda. Ruth was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Baraboo.

She was a dedicated farmwife, working beside her husband and family as long as she was able. She enjoyed gardening, both vegetable and flower. Although, being practical she would say, you can’t eat flowers. Over the years, she also liked raising chickens, geese, ducks and sheep. In addition, she also enjoyed cats, giving homes to many strays over the years.

She is survived by daughters, Shirley (Jim) Roecker of Reedsburg and Linda (Ron) Green of Winneconne; daughter-in-law, Judy Licht of North Freedom. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, LaDell Shimniok and Althea (Burdell) Trow; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 2002; sons, Marvin D. and Daniel; sister Lorna (Lyle) Baumgarten; brothers, Ernest (Elizabeth) and Raymond Shimniok; brother-in-law, Norman Licht; sisters-in-law, Gertrude (Merlyn) Pieper, Arloween Oyan and Sylvia (Len) King.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, with Pastor Nick Maglietto officiating. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at Redlin Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. until time of service Thursday at the church. Burial will be held at Kingston Cemetery, town of Merrimac. In lieu of flowers, donations to the church are appreciated.

Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. — John 16:22