**This service has been rescheduled for Saturday, January 16, 2021**
RuthAnn “ANNIE” Jahns, 87, Wausau, died Friday, January 1, 2021 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
RuthAnn was born September 23, 1933 to the late Melvin and Myrtle (Plautz) Arnette in Wausau, WI. She was baptized at the Church of Saint Mary in Wausau on December 10, 1933. She was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wausau on December 7, 1952. RuthAnn graduated from Wausau High School in 1951. On July 12, 1952 she was united in marriage to Ray Clarence Jahns at Christ Lutheran Church in Menominee, Michigan. Pastor Theodore Thurow officiated.
RuthAnn had a life-long devotion to the Wausau community. A member of Trinity Lutheran Church, she volunteered for the Trinity Welfare Workers and Trinity Altar Guild. She was an active member of the Pommerscher Verein of Central Wisconsin. She also volunteered at Wausau Aspirus Hospital, and in later life for various political events.
Hobbies included sewing, quilting, and reading. RuthAnn made many quilts for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also made lap quilts for Hospice and the nursing homes.
RuthAnn is survived by her beloved husband of 68 years, Ray; children, Ann Christine (William) Potter, Paul (Cheryl) Jahns, Sue (Keith) Turner and Laura (Sam) Wurtinger; 8 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; her twin sister, Rose Krohn-Koehler; the Arnet Family in Germany; and extended family and friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Lenore and Gerald Gertschen, brother-in-law, Robert Koehler; father-in-law and mother-in-Law, Otto and Gertrude (Schubring) Jahns; brother-in-law, Robert Jahns and sister-in-law, Noel Hogberg; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Carol and Roger Lines.
The funeral service for RuthAnn will be at 1:00 PM on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Trinity Lutheran Church (501 Stewart Ave, Wausau). Rev. Zach Holdorf will officiate. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM until the time of service at the church on Saturday. Facemasks and social distancing are respectfully requested by all those in attendance. RuthAnn’s service will be streamed live and made available for future viewing on her obituary page at www.brainardfuneral.com. Brainard Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
The family respectfully requests no flowers or plants. Memorials may be directed to the Education Grant Fund at Trinity Lutheran School (501 Stewart Ave, Wausau, WI 54401), the Pommerscher Verein Central Wisconsin Endowment Fund (Pommerscher Verein Central Wisconsin, P.O. Box 103, Wausau, WI 54402-0103) or the Marathon County Historical Society (410 McIndoe Street, Wausau, WI 54403).
Sincere thanks and appreciation go to all of RuthAnn’s Trinity Lutheran Church family for their many years of friendship and dedication.
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