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Ruby Lenora Engelbart Pashek
February 26, 1921–April 12, 2008
Ruby Lenora Pashek, 87, of Tomahawk, Wisconsin and formerly of Oxford Junction, Iowa, joined her Lord on Saturday, April 12, 2008, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.
A celebration of her life will be on Saturday, April 19, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Oxford Junction, with Pastoral Associate Barbara Tobiason officiating.
Friends may call on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the service time at the church. Burial will be in the Mayflower Cemetery, Oxford Junction, Iowa. Lahey Funeral & Cremation Services in Oxford Junction is in charge of arrangements.
She was born Ruby Lenora Engelbart the third child of Edward Benhard Engelbart and Esther Catherine (Anderburg) Engelbart on February 26, 1921, in Martelle, Iowa. She shared her birth date with her twin sister, Ruth Eleanor. She was one of 9 children born to Edward and Esther.
Ruby spent the majority of her youth in the Anamosa and Amber, Iowa areas. She was joined in marriage to John J. Pashek on December 10, 1945 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids. The next 42 years she and John lived in the Oxford Junction community, living in town until 1950 when they moved to the farm northeast of town. In 1987, John and Ruby moved to Tomahawk, Wisconsin. He passed away in 1992.
Ruby will be remembered for being a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, a fantastic cook, and a craft person who taught her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren how to take a little nothing and make a fantastic something. Her nurturing nature kept family and friends tied together. The special memories she left us will be held dear forever.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Jean (James) Nystedt of Wheaton, Illinois; a son, John (Linda) Pashek of Tomahawk, Wisconsin; 4 grandchildren, John Pashek of Seattle, WA, Mitchell (Wendy) Nystedt of Morris, IL, Matthew Nystedt (fiance Ellen) of Gurnee, Ilinois, and Rebecca Pashek of Tomahawk, WI; 3 great-grandchildren, Haley, Molly and Treavor Nystedt of Morris, IL. She is also survived by a sister, Jeanne (Merlin) Ahrendsen of Olin, and a brother, Everett Engelbart of Anamosa, as well as many nieces and nephews, great-nieces/nephews and great-great nieces/nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1992, her parents, sisters Freta Ruth and Dorothy Esther in infancy, Evelyn Taylor, Lucille Joslin, Ruth Balichek, Doris Engelbart, Nelda Jensen, and a brother, Dale Engelbart.
Memorials may be given to St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Oxford Junction, Iowa or VASA National Archives, Bishop Hill, Illinois.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, 18 April 2008

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