Ruth Marie Gober passed away on December 14, 2007, at her home in Tempe, AZ.
A longtime resident of Kenosha, Ruth was born in Goodman, WI, on February 12, 1914. Soon thereafter, parents John Patrick Ryan I and Maude Viens Ryan moved to Iron Mountain, MI, where they raised Ruth and her brother, John Patrick II, and sister, Dorothy Jane, amid the sparkling lakes and verdant forests of the Upper Peninsula. In an era when just three percent of American women attended college, Ruth received a bachelors degree from Northern State Teachers College in Marquette, MI, in 1934 and went on to teach business education in the Iron Mountain area during the Depression years.
She met Tony Gober, a Kenosha native, in 1935, and they married in the Quad Cities in 1942. After the War, Ruth and Tony moved to Kenosha where Ruth taught typing and shorthand at Kenosha High School from 1952 until she retired in 1979. She was especially proud of the many young women from her classes that she placed in local professional offices.
After retirement, Ruth and Tony frequented the golf courses, swimming pools, and card tables of Kenosha and were proud members of the Danish Brotherhood and Sisterhood until Tony passed away in 2000. Ruth is remembered as a loving and generous wife, mother and grandmother; a gracious hostess; stalwart supporter of the Gober and Ryan families; and an independent woman fiercely proud of her long teaching career.
She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Gober, of Tempe, AZ; granddaughter, Kelly Graf, of New York City; brother-in-law, Jack White, of Spread Eagle, WI; and 15 nieces and nephews spread across the country from Anchorage, AK, to Tampa, FL.
A Memorial Mass was held on December 21, 2007 at St. Mary Catholic Church, followed by private interment.