Ruth Marie Reetz, of Desloge, formerly of Bonne Terre, passed away Friday, January 13, 2023, at the age of 83. She was born on Sunday, June 25, 1939 to the late Edward and Dorothy (Krenz) Helmke. She was also preceded in death by her loving husband of 49 years, Christopher Reetz. Ruth was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Park Hills and a member of the Ladies Guild. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1961 from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Ruth was very active in the nursing field. During her career, she worked in Chicago, IL, St. Louis, MO, Santa Barbara, CA and later in the Park Hills, MO area before her retirement. She also taught nursing at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, MO.
During her spare time, Ruth enjoyed golfing, crocheting, traveling the world and playing cards, especially bridge. She enjoyed delivering Meals on Wheels in her community, but her passion was her church family. She loved playing the organ, piano and singing in the choir.
Ruth is survived by her loving son, Paul Reetz wife Leslie of Cape Girardeau, MO; one grandson, Hilton Christopher Reetz; one brother, John Helmke and wife Nancy; special niece, Catherine Hegarty; and nephew, John Helmke, Jr. Ruth will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved her.
A Memorial Service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Park Hills, Sunday, February 19, 2023 at 2:30 P.M. with Pastor Jeremy May officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of C.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Home in Bonne Terre. View obituary and share condolences online at www.www.czboyer.com