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Ruth Schaus

October 26, 1942 ~ February 7, 2024 (age 81) 81 Years Old

Ruth Schaus Obituary

Ruth Gabriela Schaus (1942–2024)

Ruth Gabriela Schaus, 81, of Glen Ellyn, Illinois died peacefully surrounded by love with her sons and husband on February 7th. She will be dearly missed.

Ruth was born in São Paulo, Brazil in 1942 to Hildegard Lindenbaum and Hellmuth Friedland. After finishing school, Ruth worked as a chemist for Volkswagen and Dixie, where she broke barriers as a woman in science. Ruth continued to show that strength and perseverance as life gave her many challenges, among them overcoming a terminal leukemia diagnosis in Brazil 50 years ago by her sheer will.

In 1975, Ruth met the love of her life, Jerry, while he was in Brazil for business. Jerry had moved into her condo building, but a chance meeting at their apartment’s pool left them inseparable ever since. They married on Oct 2, 1976 and moved from Brazil to Glen Ellyn, Illinois for the remainder of Ruth’s life.

Ruth was fluent in four languages (German, Portuguese, English, and Spanish) with conversational-level skills in two more (French and Italian). Once in the United States, Ruth worked for Berlitz language school for 35 years, leveraging her language abilities along with her patience and caring, helping others learn new languages and touching many lives.

Ruth’s pride and joy were her two sons, Tom (Yvonne) and Mike (Liz). She loved watching them grow up, accomplish amazing things in their careers, and raise wonderful families. She was a doting vovó (‘grandma’ in Portuguese) to Tom’s children, Ethan (11) and Sarah (8), and Mike’s child, Hannah (6), and loved to spend hours playing with them via video chat when apart.

She was gifted at cultivating and maintaining friendships with people she met throughout the many stages of her life, most notably her enduring deep friendships with Evangelina Kerr and Franca Kuchnir.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Daniel (2023). She is survived by her husband, sons, grandchildren, and dear cousin Ursula and her family. 

A memorial gathering in her honor will be held Saturday, February 17th from 10am-Noon, followed immediately by a memorial service at noon, at Leonard Memorial in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. (565 Duane St, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137; 630-469-0032)

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Memorial Gathering
February 17, 2024

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Leonard Memorial Funeral Home & Cremations
565 Duane Street
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Memorial Service
February 17, 2024

12:00 PM
Leonard Memorial Funeral Home & Cremations
565 Duane Street
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137


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