Ruth Ann (Hanauer) Vandemark

ruth (hanauer) vandemark

December 3, 1973 ~ February 22, 2023

Born in: Springfield, Illinois
Resided in: Formerly of Stonington, Illinois

Our Earth Angel, Ruth Ann (Hanauer) Vandemark, 49, of Washington, MO, formerly of Stonington, earned her wings and flew with Jesus to Heaven on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at her residence.

Ruth Ann was born December 3, 1973, in Springfield, the daughter of Robert “Bob” and Ruth Ellen (Vogel) Hanauer.  She was one of the last 13 children to attend Stonington elementary schools, and eventually graduate from Stonington High School in 1992.  Ruth Ann married Ronald Lee Vandemark, and he preceded her in death on November 9, 2013.

Ruth Ann held many jobs, most recently as a Housemother to cognitively disabled men in Marthasville and Washington, MO.  She didn’t know a stranger, and especially loved animals.  Ruth Ann was an avid reader of mystery novels, and she never missed an episode of “Supernatural”.

She was also preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Earl and Dorothy Vogel; and paternal grandparents, Lloyd and Louise Hanauer.

Ruth Ann is survived by her parents, Ruth Ellen and Bob Hanauer of Stonington; siblings, Rob (wife, Kris) Hanauer of Taylorville, and Mary Gail (husband, John) Aleman of Russell Springs, KY; nephews, Robert and Connor Hanauer; nieces, Gloria, Ana, Crystal, and Marisa; aunt, Patricia Hill; uncles, Frank Vogel and John Vogel; and several cousins.

Cremation will be accorded, and no public ceremonies will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Christian County Animal Control, 300 S. Baughman Rd, Taylorville, IL 62568.

The family has entrusted Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville with arrangements.

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Ruth Ann (Hanauer) Vandemark 's name.

Christian County Animal Control

300 S. Baughman Rd
Taylorville, IL

Memories Timeline


  1. Light a CandleRuth Ann, though we lost touch, I’ve thought about you over the years. We looked at old photos yesterday of us all playing as kids. I’ll cherish those memories. May you rest in peace. Love, your cousin, Michelle Ess.

  2. Light a CandleThough we lost touch you were never out of my thought or heart.
    My deepest condolences to your family during this time.

  3. Light a CandleI just heard the news today. To say my heart is broken is an understandment. We always had so many laughs and deep conversations while at work. Thank you for being the friend I often needed. I’m glad I could be there for you as well. You are loved and missed dearly at East North.

    Stephanie and the guys🩵🩵🩵🩵🩵

  4. I remember Ruth Ann coming out the Head Start when her mom worked there in the kitchen she was a sweet loving girl. May she fly high with the angels

  5. So sad to hear of Ruth’s passing. My condolences to the family. I worked with Ruth years ago at Emmaus. She was good to her guys!!. Her kind heart and smile will be missed. Rest easy Ruth.

  6. Light a CandleSending our sincere condolences to you for the loss of your beloved daughter and sister, Ruth.
    Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Light a CandleSending our love, sympathy and respect to the family of Ruth Ann we love you & will miss you

  8. Light a CandleKeeping Aunt Ruth Ann in our heart and memories. We love you & will miss you dearly. We will never forget you. Keeping you in our prayers.

  9. Light a Candleso saddened to hear of your passing Aunt Ruth Ann..we love and will miss you dearly.we will always remember you.keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. Light a CandleThinking about you and your family during this time. I don’t have very many memories of my Aunt Ruth but I will always remember getting a birthday card in the mail from Aunt Ruth when I was younger and now reminiscing about those times and how special she made me feel even through we were hundreds of miles apart. Those are the moments to remember! Love always.

  11. Light a CandleSo sorry to hear of your passing when I did. I’m glad we had met yrs ago at emmaus and became friends! You were there for me thru a lot as I was for you! I miss you, I miss our talks, our drives and you were a very kind hearted person with a heart of gold! My son Jonah loved u so much and would always look forward to u taking him to eat and to the movies. I’m sorry I didn’t get to say goodbye my friend. I think of you daily! And u will always be remembered ❤️🙏🏻 Rip my dear friend, Love ya!

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