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Ruby Marie Reiselman
08/10/1942 — 08/24/2023
From Kennewick, WA | Born in Vernon, CO
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Ruby Marie Reiselman
On Thursday, August 24th, 2023, Ruby Reiselman (Baca) was called home to be by God’s side.
Ruby passed away peacefully at her home in Kennewick, WA. She was 81 years young. Ruby was born on August 10, 1942 to Jake and Margie Baca in Vernon, Colorado. The family moved around several times early in her life including residencies in Colorado, Nebraska, and New Mexico. Ruby graduated junior high school in Julesburg, CO and graduated high school in Las Vegas, NM in 1961. She worked in the fields during her teen years and shared many stories of those times.
In 1964, she met the love of her life, Ed Reiselman, in Roscoe, NE while she was working at TRW electronics in Ogallala, NE. Ed & Ruby married on May 29th, 1965, and she later gave birth to their first child, Bernie. Ed & Ruby relocated to Hastings, NE where they would reside for the next 22· years. She held several manufacturing jobs including work at an irrigation gasket company, a retail job, a casket company, and a piston ring manufacturer. She gave birth to her second child Mark, in 19.72. She then would give birth to her third child, John Paul, in.1979.
Ruby and Ed then relocated to Kennewick, WA in 1987 where they would spend the rest of their lives. She would work at Sears in Pasco for a couple years before working in the banking industry in the Tri Cities until she retired in 2013. She was both loved and admired by her many customers she served. Ruby was an excellent seamstress and loved sewing. She would make clothes in her younger years and even was an alterations expert for a men’s fine clothing store in Hastings, NE. She also loved plants and gardening. She had a garden every summer where she loved to grow tomato plants and other vegetables. Roses and Peonies were her favorite flowers and grew them at every residence she owned. She also had a passion for movies-and TV drama shows as well as reading books on several subjects. Ruby was also a passionate music lover, and her favorite artists were Elvis Presley and Neil Diamond among others. She attended concerts when she could of her favorite artists.
Ruby was an active member in the Catholic Church and even taught religious education to elementary school-aged children as well as helping with the mass and helping with Christ The King Church’s Sausage Fest. She is survived by her three sons Bernie in Kennewick, Mark (Catrena Wright) in Pasco, and John (Cathy Lathrop) in Norwich, CT. Also, her sister Shirley Marrujo (Pablo) in Albuquerque, NM, and sister-in-law and dear friend Rosalee Baca in Spokane, WA Granddaughter Chelsea Norris, grandson Bradley Reiselman, step granddaughter Cassandra Thorne, and step grandson Malicai Tanner.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ed Reiselman, her mother and father Jake and Margie Baca, brothers John and Bob Baca. She was a very compassionate, loving mother, grandmother, and wife that loved to interact with people. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends and all those that knew her.
Services will be held Thursday, August 31, 2023 at Christ The King Church in Richland, WA at 1 pm. A graveside service will follow at Sunset Gardens Cemetary in Richland, WA.
Ruby, Ed, and Bernie became friends with my mother, Patricia McKenna, and me, simply by sitting near one another during 8 a.m. Mass at Christ the King church. My mother and I talked often about how lovely a person Ruby was, and how highly we thought of her. Mass was always so much more enjoyable when Ruby, Ed, and Bernie sat near us. We are thankful that God has reunited Ruby with Ed, and hold Bernie and his brothers close to our hearts during this sad time in their lives. God Bless you all.
This picture says it all. The lovely smile and she was such a joy to spend time with.
Sending love and prayers to the family as they walk this grief journey. Cherish the memories.