Ruth Oelklaus Zeisler
Ruth Oelklaus Zeisler, age 92, of Birmingham, AL, died April 8, 2019 after a brief illness. Ruth was born and raised in St. Charles, MO, and also lived in Illinois and Jackson’s Gap, AL. Ruth was an executive administrator for various major companies, and the executive director of Crossroads Economic Development Corp of St. Charles County, Inc. Upon retiring to Lake Martin, AL, she was active in the community. She was the coordinator of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program and served as the treasurer for the Lake Martin Laubach Literacy Council. Ruth tutored foreign students at the Stephens Elementary School, taught Sunday school at her church, served on the church Ladies Guild, and was the financial officer for the Alexander City Art Colony.
Ruth is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Robert Leffeler of St. Charles, MO: her two daughters, Dr. Anne Becker of St. Charles, IL and Susan Pretnar of Birmingham, AL; her son, Charles D. Zeisler, Jr. (Sherri) of Denver, CO; ten great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Her parents, Walter and Augusta Oelklaus and her brothers and sisters-in-law Walter Oelklaus Jr.(Lovie) and Robert Oelklaus (Carol) , preceded her in death.
Throughout her life she generously gave of herself to help others. Ruth donated her body to the Anatomical Donor Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. A memorial Mass was held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Hoover, AL. Donations may be offered in her memory to the Laubach Literacy Council, 1675 Cherokee Rd. Alexander City, AL 35010, or Volunteer Connections, PO Box 1111, Alexander City, AL 35011.