Ruth E. Cowell

PORTAGE  –  Ruth E. Cowell, age 93, of Portage, died on Monday, November 14, 2011, at Heritage House.

Ruth was born on July 9, 1918, in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of John and Hilma (Johnson) Olson.  On February 15, 1945, she married Richard D. Cowell in Chicago.  In her younger years, she was a hostess at the London House in Chicago; she also worked at Holiday Inn, Mark Drugs, and the Hallmark Shop in Wheeling, Illinois.  Ruth’s hobbies included bowling and knitting.  She moved to Portage in 1988 to live closer to her sister, Doris Kapel.   

Ruth is survived by her nephew, Tony (Shirley) Kapel; three great-nephews, Tony (Jan) Kapel, Scott (Julie) Kapel and Brian (Christie) Kapel; great-great nieces and nephews, Emma and Tony S. Kapel, and MacKenzie, Tyler, Clayton, and Colton Kapel.  She is also survived by nieces and nephews in Arizona; Dennis Griffin, Ken Griffin, David Cowell, Sandra Armitage, Donna Herrmann, Linda Weiler, Jimmy, Danny, Ronnie, Ricky, and Judy Roesner ; her special friend, Jean Weitendorf and family, other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard D. Cowell in 1968, her parents, her sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Tony Kapel, her brother and sister-in-law, Leslie and Alice Olson, her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Art and Marge Cowell, her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Olive and Harold Griffin, her sister-in-law, Lucille Roesner, and her niece, Jennifer Roesner.

Services will be private.

A special thank-you to her family and friends, to Dr. Susan Kreckman, to the staff of Divine Savior Hospital, the staff at Heritage House, and the staff with Care Wisconsin.

The Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage is assisting the family.



For information please call 608 742-2126 (Portage, WI) or 608 635-2763 (Poynette, WI)