OTTAWA - Julia "Julie" Adelia Ruen, 98, died at 8:17 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 at Putnam Heritage Assisted Living facility, Ottawa. She was born April 24, 1916 in Ottawa to the late Ernest and Adelia (Hornung) Yaufman. On November 16, 1946 she married John Ruen who passed away on January 15, 2008.
Survivors include four daughters: Judy Ruen of Ottawa, Ruth (Dennis) Miesle of Woodburn, IN, Carol (Greg) Ruhe of Ottawa, and Becky (Roger) Salisbury of Van Wert; twelve grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren and one on the way; and two sisters-in-law: Ann Yaufman of Ottawa and Mary Yaufman of Ft. Myers, FL. She was also preceded in death by a great-grandson; sisters: Helen Smith and Bertha Karcher; and brothers: Merle, John, and James Yaufman.
Julie graduated from Sts. Peter and Paul High School in 1934. She worked at the First National Bank and the Federal Land Bank. After her marriage, she became a full time homemaker, and she was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her hobbies included gardening, canning, crocheting, and baking, especially homemade bread. She always cooked with love which made her a great cook! She was an avid Cincinnati Reds fan. Julie was a lifelong member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa and its Rosary Altar Society.
Following her husband's retirement the couple was able to travel, and they visited forty-eight states and multiple countries. While her favorite state was Hawaii, she most enjoyed the visits to Florida to watch the Reds at spring training accompanied by her sister and brother-in-law. Her favorite memories, however, are from the annual July vacations at Maumee Bay State Park Lodge near Toledo with her children and grandchildren. Although she had been unable to attend in recent years, it gave her pleasure knowing that the tradition continues.
We are what we celebrate, and Julie embraced the concepts of generosity, kindness, honesty, character, integrity, goodness, faith, and self-reliance. She took care of her family in a very quiet, modest fashion. She always made sure the neighbors had meals and would take them homemade cookies and candies as well. Born and raised on the family farm, she maintained a solid work ethic her entire life.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa with Fr. Matt Jozefiak officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at LOVE FUNERAL HOME, Ottawa. Memorials may be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Putnam County Hospice, or to a charity of the donor's choice. There will be a scripture service 7:50 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home
Condolences can be expressed at: www.lovefuneralhome.com.