Mary Ruth Warpinski

January 20, 1935
January 3, 2021

Our dear Mother, Mary Ruth Wesselman Warpinski, Town of Eaton, passed away Sunday January 3, 2021 surrounded by family.

Born January 20, 1935 to the late Elmer and Gertrude Wesselman in Pilot Grove MO, she married Louis S Warpinski, of Eaton, at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in rural Boonville MO on September 3, 1955.  He preceded her in death on September 17, 2001.

A 1955 graduate of the DePaul Hospital School of Nursing of St. Louis MO, Mary Ruth completed her state licensing boards while on her honeymoon and started married life in San Antonio TX while Louis completed his Air Force service.  Upon Louis’s discharge from the Air Force, the couple moved to Eaton WI and built their life as farmers and raising nine children.  Mary Ruth continued her nursing career at St Mary’s in Green Bay, eventually shifting to St Vincent’s.  She specialized in Obstetrics, and as her skill and expertise grew, she qualified as a midwife.  She spent a decade assisting at home births, and loved every minute of it.  When the physician she was working with retired, she shifted back to hospital-based Labor & Delivery, picking up a job at Kaukauna Community Hospital in Kaukauna WI.  She especially loved rocking the babies while she cared for them and their mothers.

Mary Ruth was beloved daughter, sister, friend, nurse, farmer’s wife, sister-in-law, aunt, mother, Babcia, and great-grandmother.  She stayed active in church and 4H her entire life.  She was also active in La Leche League as a leader and consultant, participated in a bowling league, and was an avid reader.   Mary Ruth loved to travel, going on frequent trips across the United States with family, La Leche League, and 4-H, but sometimes just traveling to see the sites.

When multiple sclerosis confined her to a wheelchair, Mary Ruth continued to teach all of us to be compassionate and kind to everyone, especially those who are obviously different.  Her grandchildren loved her wheelchair rides.

Mary Ruth is survived by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren:  –Frances (Dan) Brehmer and Andrew, Carlleen (Michael Candler) and Sackett –Anthony (Lou) Warpinski and Gerrit (Abby) Warpinski, Victoria (Matt) Woolley and Dylan Holloway, Cooper and Reed Woolley, Abigail (Ross) Soerens, Elizabeth (Jason Patterson) Warpinski –Martin (Judy) Warpinski and Kara (Tony) Stewart, Katie Warpinski and Isabella and Maxon, Rachel (Joel) Sanderson and Alexandria and Samuel, Jeremiah (Kimberly) Warpinski and Xander, Xavier and Luciana, Benjamin Warpinski, Olivia (Jordan Belter) Warpinski, Jill (Marc) Reichardt and Kenna, Kamara, and Camryn, Jennifer (Dan) Ward and Clark and Abel, and Melody (Tommy Khathiya) Dobson and Oaklyn Khathiya –David (Heather) Warpinski, Sarah (Jayme) Merline and Natalie and Christy (Patrick) Grzywacz and Grace –Jeanne Warpinski –Cheryl (Aeon) Long and Ethan and Evander –Michael Winrich and Matthew, Katherine, Lauren, Carolyn and Mitchell –Michele Warpinski –Randal (Wanda) Warpinski and Jacqueline, Kyleen, Tyrel and Logan.

Mary Ruth is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law Ethel Rose & Clarence Mileski of Green Bay WI, her brother-in-law Melvin Twenter of Moberly MO, her sister-in-law Rose Mary Warpinski of Plainfield IL, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mary Ruth was preceded in death by her daughters Geralyn and Karen (Winrich), and her grandchildren Meghan Winrich and Joshua Warpinski.  She was also preceded in death by her sister Ada Twenter, her sister and brother-in-law Fran & Bill Hughey, and her brothers-and-sisters-in-law: Marion, Marian B, and Mary Ann Warpinski; Richard Warpinski, Robert & Lucille Warpinski, Julian & Genny Warren; Reginald & Shirley Warpinski.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am, Friday January 8th, at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Humboldt WI with Rev. Carlo Villaluz (Fr. Lukee) presiding.  The event will be live-streamed on Proko-Wall’s Facebook page.  Burial will be at SS. Cyril and Methodius Cemetery.  Online condolences may be given at

The family extends their thanks to Dr. Kathleen McDougal, St Vincent’s Home Health Services and Unity Hospice for their care and consideration of Mary Ruth.