Ruth Ellen Hanauer

ruth hanauer

April 9, 1949 ~ June 12, 2023

Born in: Breese, Illinois
Resided in: Stonington, Illinois

Ruth Ellen Hanauer, 74, of Stonington, passed away at 9:04 a.m. on Monday, June 12, 2023, at her residence.

Ruth was born April 9, 1949, in Breese, the daughter of Earl Conrad and Dorothy (Goldsmith) Vogel. She graduated from Taylorville High School with the Class of 1967.  Ruth married Robert Gene Hanauer on September 18, 1971, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville, and they enjoyed over 51 years of marriage.  He preceded her in death on April 5, 2023.

In her younger years, Ruth worked for Ben Franklin in Springfield, and at Angelo’s as a waitress.  She eventually retired from Head Start in Stonington, where she was a Cook Aide for over 15 years.  Ruth was devoted to her faith and her church.  As a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Stonington, she was active for several years with the Altar & Rosary Society, as well as Koinonia. Ruth loved nothing more than the gatherings that brought her family together.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Ruth Ann Vandemark; sister, Margaret Ess; and brothers, David and Thomas Joseph Vogel.

Ruth is survived by her son, Robert (wife, Kris) Hanauer II of Taylorville; daughter, Mary Gail (husband, Juan) Aleman of Russell Springs, KY; grandchildren, Robert Hanauer III, Connor Hanauer, Gloria Aleman, Ana Young, Crystal Jasper, and Marisa Agent; 12 great grandchildren; brothers, John (wife, Mary) Vogel of Taylorville, and Frank (wife, Cheryl) Vogel of Argenta; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Mass: 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 15, 2023, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 308 N. Pine Street, Stonington, IL 62567.  No visitation will be held prior to mass.

A private burial will be held at Old Stonington Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 308 N. Pine Street, Stonington, IL 62567, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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

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Funeral Mass: June 15, 2023 10:00 am

Holy Trinity Catholic Church
308 N. Pine St.
Stonington, IL 62567

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Ruth Ellen Hanauer 's name.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN

Holy Trinity Catholic Church

308 N. Pine St.
Stonington, IL

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  1. Light a CandleMom you were a very loving, and caring special woman…we Love you &will miss you dearly….Daddy and you are together again,..we Love you Mom always 😘

  2. Light a CandleSending our sincere condolences to Ruth’s family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  3. Light a CandleRobert and family: I need you back then when you were called Robbie. I doubt you would remember me I lived in housing with my two young children. Please accept my condolences/prayers/love in regards to the passing of your mom. you and your family have been so been for so much this past few years and my heart aches for all of you. my kids and I attended Holy Trinity with your family. I remember both you and Ruth are always smiles on your faces; your mom was always smiling as well. I hope both your parents Ruthann are resting in peace in the arms of Our Lord Jesus Christ. I live you and all your relatives up in prayer.

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