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Ruth M. Lenon

Died: Sunday, December 16, 2012
Age: 89
Ruth M. Lenon, 89, a lifelong resident of Lake Geneva, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center in Elkhorn.

The former Ruth Marie Gile was born in Lake Geneva on Sept. 30, 1923, the daughter of the late Fred and Mabel Bingham Gile. She was a 1941 graduate of Lake Geneva High School. She was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church and was active in the Walworth County Association for Retarded Citizens. She was a Hillmoor Ladies Club champion on more than one occasion and had three holes in one. She enjoyed playing cards with her friends. Her happiest times were spent with her family.

Ruth is survived by six children, David Lenon, Alexandria, Va., Brian (Mary) Lenon, Waupaca, Mary Smith, Lake Geneva, Patrick Lenon, Madison, Kathleen (Ron Sojka) Lenon, Lake Geneva, and Maureen Lenon, Jefferson; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Doris Mraz, North Fort Meyers, Fla.

She was preceded in death by two children, Sharon and William; and four brothers, Smith, Forrest, Lyle and John Gile.

Mass of Christian burial Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 12:30 p.m., at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Lake Geneva, with Father Angel Anaya officiating. Visitation Wednesday, in church, from 10:30 a.m. until time of services. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials are requested in Ruth’s name to St. Coletta of Wisconsin, N6437 County Rd. Y, Jefferson, WI, 53549, or the Walworth County Association for Retarded Citizens, Elkhorn, WI, 53121. Derrick Funeral Home in Lake Geneva assisted the family with arrangements. To sign the online guest registry, go to www.derrickfuneralhome.com.

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