Ruth Emily Lorenz
ROHNERT PARK, Calif. – Heaven has another angel, as our beloved Ruthie passed away peacefully at home on December 21, 2016. By her side were her lifelong sweetheart of 60 plus years, Bill, along with her children and grandchildren.
Ruthie was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the third child of Frank and Pearl Hasek. She attended West Tech High School in Cleveland.
She was preceded in death by her father, mother, brother and two sisters.
After her father’s death at a young age, Ruthie went to work to help her family and was employed by the F.W. Woolworth Company.
There she met the love of her life, Bill, formerly from Trimountain, who claimed he had found his “Million Dollar Baby at the Five & Dime!”
Despite years of battling diabetes and three years of dialysis and to the amazement of everyone, she made it to celebrate her 60th wedding anniversary.
All her children attended this milestone event, since her daughter from Denver made a surprise appearance. Bill’s brothers, Randy and Eddie travelled from Michigan to attend, along with her lifelong friend, Doak Walker, who traveled from Alaska. She was also blessed with many of her local area friends who could attend and celebrate.
Ruthie is survived by her devoted and loving husband, Bill; and her four children, Debbie Whorton (Michael) of Westminster, Colorado; Craig Lorenz (Laurie) of Sacramento, California; Theresa Lorenz of Ukiah, California and Trent Lorenz (Shari) of Rohnert Park, California. She was very proud of her seven grandchildren, Jennifer, Kyle, Tyler, Matthew, Shelby, Kelsea and Claire. She also dearly loved her two spoiled English Setters, Sundance and Zorro.
For 30 plus years, Ruthie and Bill enjoyed a great career in the United States Coast Guard. She was a true “Coasty.” While in the U.S. Coast Guard, they made homes in Hawaii, Alaska, Michigan, Florida, while finally settling in California, making their home, for the past 34 years, in Rohnert Park.
She loved sewing and crocheting. While stationed in Hawaii, she made family many matching outfits. Bill will always cherish the wolf designed jackets she made him and everyone has an afghan made by “Grandma.”
All her friends in Rohnert Park and the Coast Guard community will sorely miss Ruthie. She will be most especially missed by the coffee gathering friends at Raley’s and Panera’s in Rohnert Park.
A celebration of life will be announced in the coming months.
Those wishing to honor her memory are encouraged to donate, in her name, to either the Rohnert Park Humane Society, 301 Rogers Lane, Rohnert Park, CA, (707) 584-1582 or Hospice of Petaluma, P.O. Box 2331, Santa Rosa, CA, 95405 (checks made payable to Community Network).