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July 5, 2020

5/19/2020 7:29:00 AM
Ruth Ann Prohaska

Ruth Ann Prohaska, age 83, of Elcho, died May 11, 2020 at the Aspirus Wausau Hospital. She was born on June 8, 1936, in Chicago, to Arthur and Eleanor (Brown) Gabel. Ruth was employed by Western Electric in Chicago for over 15 years and loved her job. In 1973 she moved with her family to the Pelican Lake area where she owned and operated the Nordic Hills Resort for over 25 years. She then moved to Elcho about 17 years ago and has lived there since.

Ruth is survived by her significant other Ron Bender, her sons Paul (Susan) Kariotis and John Prohaska (Lissa), her nine grandchildren and her great-grandchildren, her sister Dorothy Navrotsky, nieces, nephews, other family and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank on Sept. 2, 1994, her son Peter and her brothers Arthur, Gerald and Donald Gabel.

Ruth is also survived by her dog Snoopy. She loved dogs and had many throughout her lifetime that were very special to her.

Private family services will be held at the Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Cemetery where she will be laid to rest.

You may leave your private condolences for Ruth's family at

The Carlson Funeral Home (715-369-1414) is serving Ruth's family.

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