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Mary Ann Ruggero

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Mary Ann Ruggero, 87, Wonder Lake, died Saturday, July 13, 2013, at home, surrounded by her family.

She was born Sept. 11, 1925, in Kendall, Mich., to John and Josephine (Regula) Kiss. She was raised on a farm. Her family moved to Chicago, where she attended Wells High School, followed by St. Elizabeth Hospital Nursing School, becoming a registered nurse. On Jan. 4, 1947, she married Santo Lucio Ruggero, M.D.,at St. Sylvester Catholic Church of Chicago.

She and her husband moved to Wonder Lake in 1950 and set up their home and private medical practice.

She was a full-time mother until 1977, when she then began to work part time as an RN in her husband’s office. She and her husband served the Wonder Lake community selflessly until their retirement. 

She was an amazing mother, wife, grandmother, friend and inspiration to many people. She was a blessing to all who knew her. She raised 10 children and always held her husband in the highest regard. Most importantly, she was a woman of great faith. She served communion to homebound and hospitalized patients for years, bringing joy to everyone she met and giving hugs and kisses to all. She exemplified tremendous compassion and acceptance.

Survivors include her husband; 10 children, Louise (Steven) Krater, Nancy (Al Tracy) Ruggero, James (Valerie) Ruggero, Robert (Terese Lohmeier) Ruggero, Thomas (Linda Brady) Ruggero, Cynthia (Jan Stahl) Ruggero, William Ruggero, Therese (Bruce Vierheller) Ruggero, Margaret Ruggero and Lydia (BJ Neff) Ruggero; 16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Visitation and the funeral were July 16 at Christ the King Catholic Church, Wonder Lake. Interment was at Christ the King Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Colonial Funeral Home, McHenry. Donations can be sent to the Stritch School of Medicine Scholarship Fund of Loyola University, 820 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.

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