Ruth B. Bentz

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Ruth B. Bentz

February 02, 1922 - August 26, 2019

Ruth B. Bentz Ruth B. Bentz
Ruth B. Bentz, 97, of La Crosse passed away peacefully Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, surrounded by loving members of her family. Ruth was born Feb. 2, 1922, in Richland Center, Wis., to Peter J. and Ethel Michelson.
Ruth devoted over 70 years of her life to the fulfillment of what she had always aspired to accomplish, the caring for, dedication to, and loving of a husband and children ... her special family. After spending her early years in Richland Center, West Salem and finally, Stevens Point, Wis., Ruth attended Stevens Point State College, where she met her future husband, August (Gus) Bentz. The two college sweethearts were married in Stevens Point, Oct. 28, 1944. After Gus graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry in July 1945, the couple moved to La Crosse, where Gus started his dental practice.
No brief summary can adequately convey the genuine love, affection and admiration Ruth engendered through her constant devotion to her family and friends. She truly lived a wonderful life and leaves behind a rich legacy, having not only raised, nurtured and loved a wonderful family, but also having personally touched the lives of so many. She loved dogs, parades and especially, babies and was always the neighborhood mom.
Ruth was preceded in death by the great love of her life, her husband, Gus, in July of 2006. She is survived by her six children and spouses, Peter (Danna), Susan (Allan) Fukuda, Mary (Tom) Pretasky, Dr. Michael (Paula), Timothy and Robert; and nine grandchildren, Teresa (Randy) Christianson, Kathleen (CD) Cater, Thomas (Pam) Fukuda, Brian (Andrea) Fukuda, Jennifer Pretasky (Brian McCarty), Stephanie (Daniel) Sheffer, Christine (Matthew) Winston, Jennifer Bentz and Daniel (Suzanne) Truax; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Ruth's family extends special appreciation to all who cared for her at Benedictine Manor, during her stay there.
A visitation for Ruth will be held from 1 p.m to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 130 Losey Blvd. S., La Crosse. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. at the church. Interment in the Chapel of Oak Grove Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the La Crosse Humane Society. Arrangements by Dickinson Family Funeral Homes & Crematory. Information and online condolences may be given to the family at
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Published on August 28, 2019
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Anne (Mikkelson) McQuilliams
Sep 08, 2019
Both Torger & I were both saddened by Ruth's passing. We enjoyed the times we got to spend with her (and Gus). I think she's the last of that generation of cousins.
God bless her and condolences to all of you.
Alex Dryden
Aug 31, 2019
Ruth was one of the very first residents I ever got to take care of. It was an honor getting to know her and be able to spend the time that I did with her. She will forever be in my heart as I go on in the health care field.
Paula Lamke
Aug 30, 2019
My love to you all as you grieve the loss of such a dear soul.
John and Pam Lindner
Aug 28, 2019
Our prayers are with the Bentz family at this sad time. We have many fond memories of both Ruth and Gus and the love and kindness they shared with us. We spent many great times at the Bentz home and farm with Sue and Al over the years. They were a loving couple who were loved by all. ❤️