Olive F. Ruehle, 91, of Tiffin, passed away Friday morning, June 13, 2014, at Desert Lakes apartments, Phoenix, Arizona. Her four children were with her when she passed away.
She was born April 11, 1923, in Sandusky, to Edward Windau and Florence E. (Collins) Windau. She lived in Bloomville before becoming a lifelong Tiffin resident. She married her high school sweetheart, Gene E. Ruehle, Sept. 4, 1943, and they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this past September.
Survivors include her two sons, Dick (Dianna) Ruehle of Tiffin and Jerry Ruehle of Phoenix, Arizona; two daughters, Jacquelyn S. Repp of Anchorage, Alaska, and Patricia J. Bastani, formerly of South Africa, now living in Anchorage; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death was her beloved husband, Gene, who passed away March 1, 2014; her parents; three brothers, George Windau, Norm Windau and James Windau; and two sisters, Winnie Lease and Mary Esther Will.
Olive worked for Shaklee Nutritional Products for 35 years. She also worked in the office at LaSalles Department store and for the Tiffin Chamber of Commerce. She was a past president of the Emblem Club. She also volunteered at St. Mary for the funeral luncheons and was a former Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader.
Her greatest accomplishment was being a wife to Gene and raising her four children. She and Gene were able to see all four children graduate from a university. She always said she enjoyed being a mother. She loved cooking for the family and enjoyed holidays with the family. She never missed a graduation or marriage for her kids and grandkids, even traveling to South Africa for her grandkids' marriages.
Olive enjoyed a good game of bridge and playing pinochle with the family. She used her favorite numbers 1 and 4 at the horse track when attending with Gene. She golfed at Green Hills Golf, Clyde, with the Ladies League on Tuesdays during the summer for more than 30 years. Olive also was one of the top bowlers in Tiffin at one time, winning the state doubles title and having the highest bowling average for women. Olive also enjoyed traveling to Phoenix with Gene and living there for three months each winter for 28 years.
Her Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, June 23, 2014, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tiffin, with the Rev. Gary Walters officiating. A rosary will be prayed 20 minutes prior to Mass. Burial will follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Tiffin.
Friends may visit with the family from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419) 447-2424. A Christian wake service will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix, Arizona, or a charity of the donor's choice.
Condolences may be sent and the guestbook signed at www.hgmackfuneralhome.com.