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Obituary: Ruth Ann Prochnow

Ruth Ann Prochnow, age 92, of Green Bay, formerly of Reedsville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening, April 30, 2024 surrounded by her family.

Ruth was born on October 9, 1931 in Green Bay, daughter of the late Tony & Ida (Benecke) Marcussen.  She was a graduate of Denmark High School.  She then furthered her education, attending one year at Valparaiso University and then attending Bellin School of Nursing, graduating in 1953.  Ruth was employed as a nurse at Bellin Hospital until she married Carlos “Bud” Prochnow on August 14, 1954 in Denmark.  Bud preceded her in death on September 3, 2017.  Ruth stayed home raising their children and later worked with Bud managing their family owned Sentry Foods store in Brillion.  She enjoyed her church, St. John St. James Ev. Lutheran Church in Reedsville, and volunteered there as well in the choir, was a member of the Ladies Aide, and would visit the homebound members.  She and Bud traveled in their retirement, from Hawaii to Germany and Denmark, but the most important trips to them were when it was to see grandchildren and great-grandchildren involved in school or sporting events.  Ruth always put everyone else first, and she especially loved her family.

Survivors include her children and spouses: Joan (James) Rotzenberg of Allouez, Ross (Bernadette) of Darboy, Lynn (Merlin) Horswill of Brillion, Mark (Debbie) of Manitowoc, and James (Miriam) of Luxemburg; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one sister: Helen Kudick of Denmark; other in-laws: Terry (Karen) Prochnow of Reedsville and Gerald Liebergen of Fort Atkinson; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bud; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Elmer & Gertrude (Mahnke) Prochnow; in-laws: Henry Kudick, Marlene Liebergen, Harland (Gerry) Prochnow, Pearl Plate, and Gloria (Al) Vigil; and other relatives.

Funeral Service were held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 6, 2024 at St. John St. James Ev. Lutheran Church in Reedsville.  Officiating was Rev. Darin Aden.  Funeral Service were live streamed, so please search for St. John St. James Ev. Lutheran Church in Reedsville on YouTube.  Burial was in the church Westside Cemetery.  The family met with relatives and friends at the church on Monday morning from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service.

The Pielhop Wieting Funeral Home in Reedsville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences may be made

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the wonderful staff at Village at Eden Vista for all of the loving care they have given Mom during the past 8 years.


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