Ruth ‘Jo’ Schilling
Ruth “Jo” Schilling, age 87, of Watertown, passed away on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, at Watertown Regional Medical Center. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Henry Catholic Church in Watertown with Father Miro Mannisto and Father Bernard Rott officiating. Burial will take place at St. Henry Catholic Cemetery in Watertown.
Family and friends may gather at the church Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials would be appreciated to St. Henry Catholic Church or to the Watertown Food Pantry.
Ruth Joan Faber was born on April 13, 1930, in Bear Valley, the daughter of Gerald and Bertilla (nee Schmitz) Faber. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic Grade School and Bear Valley High School. On May 13, 1958, she was united in marriage to Paul W. Schilling. Paul preceded her in death on Oct. 23, 2016. She was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church in Watertown.
Jo had been employed at General Telephone, Douglas Grade School and St. Henry’s Church. She was an avid Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packers fan. She loved to read, sew, solve crossword puzzles and make fresh bread every week.
Jo is survived by six children, Doug (Patti) Schilling and Dan (Laurie) Schilling, both of Watertown, Kathy (Mike) Schilling-Kressin of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Jeff (Amy) Schilling of Mayville, Marc (Chris) Schilling of Watertown and Ellen (Dana) Balicki of Geneva, Illinois; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; four great-greatgrandchildren; sister, Pauline Dobson; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was further preceded in death by her parents; father and mother-in-law, Oscar and Alma Schilling; sisters, Jane (Gordon) Schwartz, Edith Fargen, Katherine Ann (Tommy) Fargen and Marge (Larry) Parkhurst; brothers, Philip Faber and Larry Faber; sisters-in-law, Helen (Bob) Meyer, Eunice (Jerry) Wheeler and Rosemary Faber.
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