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Ruth Tlamka

Ruth Tlamka, 48, of Estes Park, passed away October 20, 2008 in her home.

Ruth was born January 11, 1960 in Appleton, Wisconsin to Kathleen (Hawley) and Quintin Rathsack. She was the third  youngest of 16 children. She grew up in Appleton and moved to Colorado in 1980. She worked at National Park Village North and  Mountain Cottage Daycare before starting Meadowbrook Preschool in 1983. Ruth loved working with children. She remained in the business of preschool education until having children of her own. In November of 1995 Ruth married Joe Tlamka in Negril, Jamaica. Ruth and Joe had two daughters, Rylee (12) and Kodi (8).

Ruth enjoyed gardening, jet skiing, cheering on a good Broncos or Packers game and watching auto racing. She loved decorating for all of the holidays.

Ruth is survived by her husband and daughters, by siblings: Bill (Judy) Rathsack of Appleton, WI; Dave Rathsack of Black Creek, WI; Kathy (Jim) Gerrits of Appleton, WI; Dick (Jan) Rathsack of Appleton, WI; Tom Rathsack Sr., of Neenah, WI; Mary Lou (Don) Vande Hey of Hortonville, WI; Betty (Art) Zabel of Germantown, WI; Luane (Dick) Osborne of Oshkosh, WI; Jerry Rathsack of Appleton, WI; Paul “Fred” Rathsack of Appleton, WI; Jim (Joan) Rathsack of Appleton, WI; Jean Kessler of Menasha, WI; Pat (Monica) Rathsack of Appleton, WI; and Joe (Therese) Rathsack of Neenah.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her oldest brother Bob Rathsack.

A private family service will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rylee and Kodi’s College Fund in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 1302 Graves Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517.

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