Saturday, February 23, 2019


October 2, 1937—February 11, 2018

   CATARACT - Ruby Irene Hilda Culpitt, 80, of Cataract, passed away Sunday, February 11, 2018, at her home surrounded by her family.

   She was born October 2, 1937, to the late Maynard and Dorothy (Baker) Jerome in Burns, WI.

   Ruby married Norman Culpitt on February 22, 1958. Norman preceded her in death on October 7, 2003. Ruby worked at Schultz Brothers dime store, cooked at St. Mary’s Hospital, was an on-call secretary for Monroe County, sorted cranberries at Habelman’s Cranberry marsh, and spending her time as a housewife and mother raising her three children. Ruby enjoyed gardening, sewing, and had a special love for dancing.

   Ruby is survived by her children, Deb (Dan Selbrede) Geier and Lee (Roxanne) Culpitt; her seven grandchildren, Naomi Geier-Hoff, Brittany Geier, Dana Geier, Zach Culpitt, Mackenzie Culpitt, Jessica Culpitt, and Samantha Culpitt; nine great-grandchildren: Connor, Chloe and Cameron Hoff; Presley Geier, Peyton Geier; Blake and Adam Houle; and Anabelle Deck. She is further survived by her siblings, Raymond (Eleanor) Jerome, Roger (Ruth) Jerome, Joy Jerome, David (Margaret) Jerome, Sidney (Karen) Jerome, Dorothy Christenson, and Betty Graak; and a brother-in-law, Larry Adams.

   In addition to her husband, Norman and parents, Maynard and Dorothy, Ruby was preceded in death by a son, Brian Culpitt; brothers, Harlan and Marvin Jerome; a sister, Delores Adams; brother-in-law, Manley Christenson; sister-in-law, Leota Shaw; and a great-granddaughter, Madison Kinghammer.

   A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 14, at the Cataract United Methodist Church, with Reverend Roberta Nowicki officiating. Burial will follow in Cataract Cemetery, Cataract.

   Visitation for Ruby will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, at the Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, and on Wednesday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

   Online condolences may be offered to Ruby’s family at

   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Sparta Area Cancer Support (S.A.C.S.), P.O. Box 130, Sparta, WI 54656.

   Ruby’s family would like to thank the following: S.A.C.S., the Gundersen Hospice Team as well as Dr. Conway and Melissa Revels NP, and also extended family and friends who helped care for Ruby or provided an encouraging word or prayer during her illness.

   The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home

Evans Print & Media Group

1302 River Rd.
P.O. Box 252

Sparta, WI 54656-0252

Office Number: (608) 269-3186
Fax Number: (608) 269-6876


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