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Ruth A. Grauer

October 5, 1925 — December 2, 2022



Ruth Grauer, 97, died December 02, 2022 at Mountain Terrace Senior Living Center in Wausau, WI. 

She was born October 5, 1925, in Chicago, Illinois, to Harold and Lydia Bergstrom. Ruth attended college at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana where she earned a degree in dietetics. Ruth met the love of her life, Curt while working as a dietician at St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago. They married in 1950 and enjoyed a marriage of 71 years. During that time, Ruth raised five children and contributed to her community as a volunteer in many capacities. Some of the organizations she was involved in included Girl Scouts, Mobile Meals, and Good News projects. She was a long time member of St. Paul's Church in Wausau where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday School. Her many interests included reading, sewing, cooking (especially Swedish dishes from her ancestors' recipes), gardening and taking care of her family. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Her kitchen was always open to not only her own family, but neighbors and friends as well.

Ruth was preceded in death by her beloved husband Curt who died only a short time before her. As they lived so closely together, their deaths were also close in time. Ruth was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother Harold (Pete) Bergstrom and a grandson, Tom Meals. She is survived by her children Nancy Grauer (Steve Meals), Pat (Hank) Schultz, Dan Grauer, Ann (Ben) Jackson, Bill Grauer (Kamilla Bulie), 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Ruth's family will greatly miss her warm, giving spirit.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family thanks the staff at Mountain Terrace and Interim Hospice for their tender care of their mom. Brainard Funeral Home - Wausau Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. To share memories with the family, please visit

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