Blanche (Ruddy) Wiegand, 81, of House Springs died Feb. 9, 2020, at her home. Mrs. Wiegand volunteered with the Navy Wife Association and bowled with her husband in leagues in several communities. She was active in quilting for Hope Lutheran Church and Wounded Warriors, an activity that got her recognition on a local news feature. She enjoyed boating and had a houseboat when her children were young and a sailboat on Lake Carlyle during her later years. She also enjoyed traveling and spending time with family. Born Nov. 9, 1938, in St. Louis, she was the daughter of the late William and Blanche (Clouser) Ruddy. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years: John Wiegand, whom she married on March 8, 1958, in St. Louis, three years after she met him when he crashed her 16th birthday party.
She is survived by three children: John Wiegand Jr. of Ste. Genevieve, Stephen (Holli) Wiegand of Spokane, Wash., and Jeanine (Brian) Davidson of House Springs; 12 grandchildren: John Russell (Mary Ann) Wiegand of Belleville, Ill., Shawn (Jessica) Wiegand of Florissant, Jeremy Wiegand of Belleville, Ill., Trevor Proutka of Florissant, Michael Wiegand of Florissant, Heather Wiegand of Texas, Britany (Chris) Yochum of Spokane, Wash., John Henry Wiegand of Spokane, Wash., Angelica Conover of St. Louis, Catherine Conover of St. Louis, Emily Davidson of Champaign, Ill., and Christopher (Cath) Davidson of Catania, Sicily; 14 great-grandchildren: Logan, Savannah, Adeline, Nora, Charlotte, Millie, Kadance, Brooklyn, Janice, Jaylee, Jaylen, Koarie, Yuki and Daisuka; three siblings: Donald Ruddy of Irvine, Calif., Jan Pratscher of Burbank, Ill., David Ruddy of High Ridge; a brother-in-law: James Wiegand of Oakville; and three sisters-in-law: Carol Ruddy of Irvine, Calif., Janet Wiegand of O’Fallon and Carlene Wiegand of Oakville; and many other family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by a daughter: Roxane Rowane; a sister: Joan Smith; and two brothers-in-law: Ed Smith and Royce Wiegand.
A gathering will take place at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, at Chapel Hill Mortuary, 6300 Highway 30, in Cedar Hill, 63016. A service will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, at the mortuary. Burial will follow in the National Cemetery at Jefferson Barracks. Memorials may be made to USO Missouri, P.O Box 10367, in St. Louis, 63145.