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Alice M Ruffing
Dec. 21, 1933 - Oct. 1, 2022
Chilton, WI
Funeral Service:
Friday, Oct. 7, 2022
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
St. Mary of the Seven Dolors Catholic Church
120 Davis St.
Stockbridge, WI 53088
Funeral Visitation:
Friday, Oct. 7, 2022
9:30 am - 10:45 am
St. Mary of the Seven Dolors Catholic Church
120 Davis St.
Stockbridge, WI 53088
Alice M Ruffing
Chilton, WI

Alice Ruffing, age 88, of Chilton, died peacefully in the early morning of October 1 2022, at St Paul Elder Services. Alice has gone to heaven reuniting with her beloved husband Charles who journeyed to eternal life with God in Aprill of 2021. She was born in the town of Poy Sippi, entering the world on  December 21, 1933, daughter of Andy and Ida Hopfensperger. Alice was the fourth of ten children, she spent much of her childhood years growing up on a farm and going to Neenah schools through her freshman year in high school. Her family moved to a farm that was in her mothers family in Hilbert. While at Hilbert high school Alice enjoyed working on the school newspaper and being class secratary. During her high school years she developed a friendship with Mary Jane Van Daalwyk, a friendship that lasted a lifetime. She met Charles Ruffing  at a dance in St. John and they were married on July 7, 1952, at Andrews Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. Charles was the love of her life; the two were inseparable and always there for each other. While in the Air Force, Alice moved to Washington D.C. to be with Charles as he completed his service while stationed in Washington, D.C.

Alice and Charles ran a dairy farm in Stockbridge for several years. During these years Alice was kept busy doing farm chores as well as raising her two children Chuck and Cindy. The family moved to Nashville TN. as Charles attended and graduated from Auto Mechanical school.

From 1960 to 2000, Alice and Charles ran a beef cattle farm in the town of Chilton. Alice worked at Badger Northland for two years as a secratary. In 1962 Alice started a job with the federal government in the ASCS (Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Services) serving Calumet County farmers. Located in Chilton, Alice spent the next 30 years administering various farm programs. During her years at the ASCS office Alice knew and enjoyed working with many of the farmers of Calumet county. After her day at the office Alice would go home to cook dinner and help with what ever farm work was needed. From feeding cattle to picking stones Alice was always eager to help. Alice helped take care of all the paper work involved with running farm and the tractor repair business that Charles was operating. Alice spent several years helping with CDC meetings for Chilton Catholic high schoolers.

Alice was very particular, kind, determined and thoughtful. She was quick offering support and encouraging words to family or friends to believe in themselves and their future. Her first priority was always her family. She always enjoyed her time being in the company of family and helping with family activities. Alice's favorite place to be was in her kitchen looking out her front kitchen window preparing food, washing dishes and talking on the phone with family and friends.

During retirement Alice spent time helping her daughter Cindy with a cleaning business and her son Chuck with a Packing and Shipping company. Together with Charles she enjoyed traveling across the country to visit family and friends. Their favorite location that they visited was Alaska. Together they enjoyed playing golf, going to tractor pulling contest and watching their beloved Green Bay Packers.

For the past seventeen months Alice lived at St Paul Elders Services nursing home. While there she enjoyed group outings, playing bingo and dice. She especially enjoyed all the friends and family who came to visit her. A special shout out to her niece Patty and nephew Phil who came weekly and some times more to visit her. She developed many friendships, espcially with Joel, Marlene, and Pat. A very special friend was Verna, the two did many things together, they were like sisters.

Alice is survived by her children: Charles (Theresa) Ruffing and Cindy (Paul) Korb; eight grandchildren: Charles Ruffing, Marykate Ruffing, William Ruffing, Alexandra Ruffing, Annemarie Ruffing, Andrew Ruffing, Ashley (Mark) Alt, and Mitchell (Stephanie) Korb; a great-grandchild: Jordan Alt; siblings: Delores Blahnik, Sandra Schuh, Paula (Harold) Schneider, Linda Zaletel, Andy (Linda) Hopfensperger, and Randy Hopfensperger; in-laws: Rose Miller, Helen (Tom) Maciulski, Raymond Ruffing, Jr., and Richard (Julie) Ruffing; and a lifelong friend: Mary Jane.

Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; an infant son, Gary Lee Ruffing; her parents: Andrew and Ida; sisters: Betty (Warren) Kohne, Darlene (Gerald) Schroeder, and Donna (Daniel) Stenz; and in-laws: Francis Blahnik, Matt Schuh, Albert Zaletel, Jr., Edward (Delphine) Ruffing, Melvin Miller, Robert Ruffing, and Robert Gember. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, October 7, 2022, at St. Mary of the Seven Dolors Catholic Church (120 Davis St.) in Stockbridge. Friends may call from 9:30 am until 10:45 am at the church on the day of service.  To watch a livestream or recording of Alice's service, see a video tribute to Alice, or view flowers given to the family, please click HERE

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at St. Paul Elder Services for their compassion and excellent care.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the National Fragile X Foundation https://fragilex.org
Hi Cindy, so sorry to hear the loss of your mom. Miss seeing you in Chilton. Your mom was always so kind and loved talking with her. Thinking and praying for your family at this time.

Cheri Kolbe - Oct. 13, 2022


Our sympathy to the Ruffing Family . Many good times were had with Chuck and Alice. We'll keep them in our prayers

tony & charlotte schambureck (friends ) - Oct. 7, 2022


Our sympathy to Alice's family.
Loved talking with her when ever we met. May she rest in peace

art and Joyce Kopf - Oct. 6, 2022


Dear Chuck/ Cindy & families
Your Mom was very special to me. She always had time to talk when I would call. Always took an interest in my life and where I was living. I remember her giving me a summer job during my college years. Whether it was sewing her some outfits or making a sign for the parade in Hilbert when your Dad sold Artic Cats Snowmobiles. She was special to me. May Jesus be with during this difficult time of losing your Mom, grandma and great grandma. Sending you all my love. ??

Debby (Schroeder) Barth (Niece/ Godchild) - Oct. 4, 2022


I will always cherish the Bride Barbie doll (1968). Charles was my godfather but she took care of his godfather duties so I always said she's my godmother. I miss her smiles!!

Lori Blahnik (Niece) - Oct. 4, 2022


Cindy I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Cheris all the memories you had with her. Those times are very special. Hugs to you my dear!

karen halbach swonger (friend) - Oct. 4, 2022


I will miss your kindness and love??????????

Annemarie ruffing (Granddaughter ) - Oct. 4, 2022


To Alice's family,
So sorry to hear of the loss of ;your Mother. She was one of the neatest people to talk to. Dan's parents were great friends of your parents, that is how we got to know them. Now they're up in Heaven all together again, I'm sure the talk is beef cattle and the ladies are still making great meals and desserts. She was just a wonderful lady. I love the picture, it's so her, always smilin. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult Ann & Dan

Ann Konen - Oct. 3, 2022


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