Ruth F. Honeck
Frances Koll Honeck peacefully left this world on Sunday, April 2, 2017
surrounded by family.
was born on April 25, 1921 in St. Cloud, Wisconsin, the youngest daughter of
Orlando and Sadie Koll. She attended St.
Mary’s Elementary School and graduated from Fond du Lac High School in
1939. Ruth worked at Schilling
Collection Agency until enlisting in the United States Navy Training Program in
the spring of 1943. Upon completion of
basic training, Ruth worked in the Naval Legal Department and reported to the
Judge Advocate and the Board of Inquiry as a Court Investigator and reporter
with rank of Yeoman 2nd class. She met her future husband Lt. Glenn Winfield
Honeck, a naval aviator at the United States Naval Station in Glenview,
Illinois. They were married there on
September 9, 1944. They lived in San
Francisco and Kansas City before settling in Hinsdale, Illinois to raise their
living in Hinsdale, she worked at the Hinsdale Junior High School and was very
active in volunteering at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church. After all the children finished school, Ruth and Glenn moved to
Deerfield, Illinois. She worked at
Highland Park Hospital but enjoyed cruising and entertaining family and friends
on their houseboat on the Mississippi River. After losing the love of her life,
Ruth retired to her winter home on Pine Island, Florida and returned to Fond du
Lac, Wisconsin to enjoy summers on Lake Winnebago. She volunteered at St. Agnes Hospital and
Holy Family Catholic Church and was a member of The Daughters of Isabella. Ruth had the opportunity to participate in
the 2010 EAA Old Glory Honor Flight.
was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Joseph (Virginia) Koll, Thomas
(Pelchie) Koll, sisters Dr. Jane (Florian) Koll-Frazier, Mary Anne (James)
Conners and son Richard Honeck. Ruth was
also preceded in death by brothers- and sisters-in-law Warren (Judy) Honeck and
Edwin (Marge) Honeck.
remaining, who will miss her dearly are daughters JoAnne (Peter) Shirk, Gretchen
(Michael) Ross and Melissa (Tom Johnson) Honeck. Ruth was a special Nana to
Erin (Matt) Faul, Heather (Jake) Boritt and Eric Ross and Great Nana to Molly,
Charlie and Maura Faul, and Lincoln and Ellis Boritt. Ruth was also a very
special Aunt to many nieces and nephews. Ruth is further survived by other
special people in her life including, Danny Schumacher, Audrey Martin, Mary and
Ryan Burnham, Beata Weiland and Patty Schreurs.
Ruth’s family will greet relatives and friends at Holy Family Catholic Church,
271 Fourth St Way, Fond du Lac, on Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 10:00 to 10:45
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Family Catholic
Church on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 11:00 AM.
will be held on Friday, July 7, 2017 at Union Cemetery, Theresa at 10:00 AM for
those who wish to attend.
lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and may be directed to Heartland
Hospice Memorial Fund (heartlandhospicefund.org or 1-877-329-9500).
Ruth’s daughters would like
to extend a special word of thanks to Visiting Angels of Fond du Lac: Ron,
Brenda, Julie, Pennie, Karen, Shelley, Allison, Kathleen, Claudette and Heidi
and the staff of Heartland Hospice: Stephanie, Jeanette, Chaplain Bob, Hannah, Jackie,
Lori, Julie, Melissa, and Kim. Ruth was able to maintain a sense of
independence and dignity by remaining at home until her passing because of
these wonderful people.
Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family. www.zacherlfuneralhome.com