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Ruth Ellen (Bartley) Wurtzbacher

December 24, 1944 — September 4, 2021


Ruth Ellen (Bartley) Wurtzbacher, age 76 of Crawfordsville and formerly of Sauk Village, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette.

She was the youngest of 11, born in Jacksonville, Pennsylvania on December 24, 1944 to the late Miles and Florence Blanche (Neff) Bartley. She graduated from Bellefonte High School in Pennsylvania in 1962 and on January 18, 1964, she married the love of her life, William "Joe" Wurtzbacher, who survives.

Ruth worked at Sears in Calumet City, Illinois for 32 years as a sales associate. She enjoyed collecting snow babies, crocheting, and was a cat lover.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Joe Wurtzbacher; two children, Charlene (John) Ross of Montana and Christina (Wayne) Hinton of Crawfordsville; five grandchildren, Stephanie DeLorenzo, Danielle (Jesse) Mounts, Ariel (fiancé - James "LJ" Sernek) Hinton, Brent (Shai) Hinton, William (Stephanie) Ross; 3 great grandchildren, Liam Mounts, Ellie Ross, and Oliver Hinton; five siblings, Martha Jane Morehead, Rosetta Phillips, Dorothea Harter, Vera Brumbaugh, and Doyle "Butch" (Bonnie) Bartley; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by parents; and five siblings, Rebecca Duensing, Clarabelle Clark, Phillip Bartley, Donald Bartley, and Carl Bartley.

Cremation was chosen with no services. Sanders Priebe Funeral Care entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at

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