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Ruth James

July 21, 1915 — August 28, 2021


Ruth Winkler James, age 106 of Wausau, passed away on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at her daughter’s home in Three Lakes, WI.

She was born on July 21, 1915 in Iowa, daughter of the late Lucas and Theresa (Fritz) Winkler.  In 1937, she married Harry James in Milwaukee, WI.  He preceded her in death in 1997.

Survivors include her daughter, Mary (Tom) Schaeffler of Wausau; one son, Tommy James of Wausau; one grandson, Andy (Cydni) Schaeffler; and two great-grandchildren, James and Ellie.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Harry, three sisters and one brother.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.  Burial will be at Wisconsin Memorial Park, Milwaukee.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to The Neighbor’s Place, 745 Scott St. Wausau, 54403.

Brainard Funeral Home - Wausau Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.  You may leave messages and condolences for her family at

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