Ruth Michalak, 94, passed away at her home in Eau Claire on Sunday,
June 9, 2019 with family by her side.

Ruth was born on October 29, 1924 in Stanley, Wisconsin to Mary
(Ciolkosz) and Stanley (Ed) Smoczyk.   After graduating from Stanley
High School, Ruth worked in Chicago, but after several years, she
missed the “wide open spaces” and returned home.

In 1947 she married Kasmer Michalak, and they moved to the Michalak
family farm on Highway G north of Stanley.  After Kap died in a tragic
accident on July 4, 1963, Ruth continued raising their six children on
the farm and worked for many years at Thorp Finance and ITT
Corporation. After moving to Eau Claire in 1983, she worked for the
Eau Claire County Senior Aides Department and also volunteered in
the Lakeshore Elementary School library.

As a small child, Ruth discovered the magic of books and had a lifelong
love of a “good clean story.”  She was a huge fan of westerns
(especially Louis L’Amour), classic mystery novels and John Wayne
movies.

Though Ruth faced tremendous challenges during her 94 years, there
were also many reasons for great joy and celebration. She faced life
with faith, courage, humility, grace, a quick wit and a well-honed sense
of humor. Those whose lives she entered were blessed by her
kindness, generosity and wisdom.

Ruth’s family was most important to her. She will be missed by all who
knew her and especially: her children LaVerne (Janet) Michalak; Mary
Ann (the late Samuel) Voytovich; Patricia (Steve) Telisak,;  Linda (Mark)
Schmidt; Deborah Michalak (Susan Sherlag); Cindy Michalak (Barb
Beckstead); her twelve grandchildren; her 21 great-grandchildren; her
sisters Colleen (the late Jim) Ruby, and Lorraine (Louis) Champa, and
brother Michael (Carol Lee) Smoczyk.

Ruth, now pain free and at peace, joins those who have passed before
her including: her husband Kasmer, parents, brothers Peter, Harry,
James and Robert, and many in-laws.

Visitation is on Friday, June 14 from 9:30 to 11:15 at Plombon Funeral
Home in Stanley followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Family
Church at 11:30. Internment follows at Holy Family cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, consider honoring Ruth and celebrating her memory
by doing as she did--make a generous donation to those in need and
perform daily acts of kindness. Donations received by the family will be
contributed to local food pantries in Ruth’s name.

Sincere gratitude to those who helped care for Ruth in her home
including St. Joseph's Home Health and Hospice.   

“Through many dangers, toils and snares
We have already come.
T'was grace that brought us safe thus far
And grace will lead us home.”
“Amazing Grace” by John Newton