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Ruth Catherine Dulmes

Aug 08, 1928 - Apr 13, 2022


Ruth Dietz was born August 8, 1928 to Gottlieb and Frieda Dietz. Ruth was their fifth daughter. She attended Trinity Lutheran Grade School and graduated from Central High School.
Ruth was employed at the Jacob Jung Decorating Studios for one year when John Dulmes joined the company. She later married Clarence John Dulmes on August 31, 1946. They had three sons, Jeffery, Daniel and Gary.
In 1960, with the Lord’s Blessing, they decided to venture out on their own and open Dulmes Paint Store. Today the store is known as Dulmes Décor Carpet One, owned by their son Gary.
John and Ruth’s family was complete with the addition of three daughters-in-law, Dyanne, Beth and Susan. They blessed the Dulmes’ with five grandchildren: Gregory, the twins Dawn and Lucas, Anna and Ali.
Ruth lost her eyesight in 2005.
In 2010 she lost her loving husband John. Prior to his passing, their dreams were fulfilled with travel, a condo in Florida as well as a home at Crystal Lake.
“We had a wonderful life, because we didn’t do it our way, we did it God’s way.” -Ruth Dulmes
Ruth was preceded in death by her sister Laverne and brother-in-law Arthur Aschenbach, a sister Beatrice and her husband Wally Dotz, sister-in-law Alda and Les Lammers, brother-in-law Harold Stolper, brother-in-law Bob Larson, her son Daniel in 2015, daughter-in-law Dyanne in February, 2018, niece Shirley Aschenbach in March, 2018 and niece Charlotte Rahn in July 2021.
She is survived by two sisters Rose Marie Larson and Edithe Stolper. Without Rose Marie, Ruth declared that independence in her own home would not have been possible. She also credited Edithe for strengthening her spiritual life. “She inspired me with every visit.” Ruth is further survived by son Gary (Sue) Dulmes, son Jeffery Dulmes, five grandchildren, Gregory (son of Bonnie Dulmes), Dawn, Lucas (Amelia), Ali (Matteo Parpaiola), Anna (Colin) Whinnery, great-granddaughter Nora Whinnery, great-grandson Wyatt Dulmes and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may gather at Trinity Lutheran Church, 824 Wisconsin Ave. Sheboygan on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 12:00 p.m. noon. Pastor John Berg will officiate. Burial will take place in the Hingham Cemetery.
Online condolences my be expressed at
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established for Trinity Lutheran Church in Sheboygan and the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.
Special thanks to Bob and Jean Krepsky, Artie and Vicki Larson, Debbie Buchanan, Wendy Lundt, and Kathy and Diane Aschenbach who would all visit and let Ruth talk for hours. Betty Kuehlmann, dearest friend of 64 years and Audrey VanDixhorn- who took care of all medical needs. Pastor Berg and Pastor Mech for their monthly visits, and finally an expression of immense gratitude for all of those people who improved Ruth’s quality of life.
“I always thought ‘My Way’ by Frank Sinatra was stupid. All of the wonderful things in my life were not ‘my way’ they were God’s.” – Ruth Dulmes


Date: Tuesday Apr 19, 2022
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Trinity Lutheran Church [map]

Memorial Service

Date: Tuesday Apr 19, 2022
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Trinity Lutheran Church [map]



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Molly Whinnery

To the Dulmes Families, My most sincere condolences in the loss of your beloved mother and grandmother. I’ve heard so many nice things about her in the years I have known Anna. What a blessing to have had such a wonderful mother and grandmother, and for so many years. May your treasured memories of her restore you. God’s Peace. Love, Molly

Edward J Procek

My deepest condolences in your loss!

Kim and Patsy Steffen

Gary and Susan you have our deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother. May all the happy memories help you through this difficult time.

Lois Heronemus

Dick and I met Ruth just as we were planning to move to Sheboygan. Someone suggested Dulmes Decor when we were looking for flooring for our new home. Ruth and John visited our home. They gave us wonderful help. But I remember something different. We discussed many things about moving. Ruth asked me if we had a church home yet and invited us to their church. That impressed me as she knew the important things needed in a move. Thank you, Ruth. In Christ’s love, Lois

Joey Grober

The Grober family extends their condolences to the family. Especially to Rose Larsen who I believe was my accordion teacher at one time many years ago. I am the son of John and Wilma Grober and remember the name. I left my number with the funeral home in case she remembers my parents. This is at least 50 years ago

Lizzie Nix

I so glad Grandma Ruth is dancing before the Lord, with full eyesight in eternal glory! Praise be to God. Love to you all.

Evie Grasse

My deepest sympathy to the Dulmes family. Ruth was one of the dearest people I’ve ever met. I did her hair weekly, until her eyes wouldn’t allow her to anymore. Lots of laughs we had, that’s for sure.🙏

Jennifer (Lammers) Vogler

So sorry to hear about Ruth. I remember her being such a kind person with a quick wit, and it was always fun to see her and Uncle Blondie. May she rest now with the Lord.

Teresa Denning

I was also blessed to be part of the Dulmes crew and was treated as an adoptive daughter. I will treasure the many spiritual conversations with Ruth over the years. She was a delight to see and talk with each work day. I regret I’ll be out of town on Tuesday but I send my deepest condolences to Jeff and Gary and family. You boys were blessed beyond measure with Ruth as your Mother.

Judy Stiefvater

My heart felt sympathy Jeff , Gary & Family! So many wonderful memories working with Ruth & John. She was always a positive , grateful, gracious Lady. And yes, she did it Gods Way!! 💔💔💔

Steve and Judy Straus

Ruth was a gracious lady and a wonderful asset to John in the store.! Great quote, she did it “Gods way! “May she Rest In Peace. Steve and Judy Straus

Harry Gandre

Jeff, Gary and families. Your mother was always a very gracious person. I have many fond memories and always felt welcomed. 93 years of great accomplishments with the family and Dulmes Decor provides many great stories that will make anyone smile. Our thoughts and prayers to you all from an old friend. With love, Harry Gandre

Barry and Evy Warner

Dear Jeff and family, So sorry for your loss. I love it that she says her life was wonderful, Not doing it her way but GOD'S WAY!.