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Ruth Ann (Hemmer) Schumacher

November 11, 2017

The Piano Brothers

Ruth Ann Schumacher, 92, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, November 11th, 2017 at Ennoble Manor.

According to her wishes she donated her body to the University of Iowa School of Medicine for anatomical research. There will be no services or visitation. Private family services will be held at a later date. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road is assisting the family.

Ruth was born on March 14, 1925, of Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Nicholas and Frances (Rettenmeier) Hemmer. She married John Schumacher on January 22, 1948 and he preceded her in death on December 21, 2000.

Ruth worked in the kitchen at Washington Jr. High School for over 15 years.

Ruth enjoyed the Mississippi River, and spending time on the house boat the “Becky Thatcher” where you would often find her on the front deck holding court. She and Johnnie Schu loved sitting on Schumacher's Island with their family. Ruth also enjoyed sitting by the campfire until late at night telling stories and playing "moon". She was an amazing cook, enjoyed water walking at Loras pool, loved to play cards and an occasional trip to the casino.

Ruth raised her 5 children with love, care, and devotion as a wife and mother then later as a grandmother and great grandmother.  She had a heart of gold who loved her family and friends with all her heart.

She is survived by her children, Jane (Mike) McIntyre, of Poplar, Grove, IL, Kathy Heiney, of Colorado Springs, Jack (Mary) Schumacher, of Dubuque, Warren “Bin” Schumacher, of Dubuque, Margie Schumacher, Breckenridge, CO.  Grandchildren, Scott ( Joetta) Haas, Sarah (Nick) Ryan, Athena Schumacher, Rebecca Schumacher, and Wynter Schumacher along with 9 great grandchildren. Two sisters, Mildred Zugenbuehler, and Carol Pins of Dubuque.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John; siblings Doc Hemmer, Anna Mae Freese, and Delores Manning; 2 granddaughters Jamie Heiney-Brane and Caitlin Francomb, and great grandson Elliott Ryan.

The family wishes to thank the great staff at Ennoble Manor and to Dr. Chadwick Nachtman for all their wonderful care they gave to Ruth.

Memorials in Ruth’s memory may be given to the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital or to March of Dimes, Team Elliott of Dubuque.


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Private Family Service


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