OBITUARY: Ruth Baumann
Born in Kempton, Germany (Bavaria), Ruth came to South Lake Tahoe in 1959. Kurt Baumann had bought the former Schmidt’s Bakery in 1957, turning it into the Swiss Chalet. Kurt posted an advertisement in a Swiss newspaper for a waitress. A friend of Ruth’s answered the ad, bought a ticket to the US and then could not make the trip. Ruth paid her for the ticket, was welcomed at the Swiss Chalet, then met and married Kurt in 1960.
Together, they and their sons Peter, Ralph, and Mark developed the restaurant through many stages. First, they had to transition from a bakery into a bakery with a restaurant, and then into a fully fledged restaurant which later burned down in 1974. They rebuilt, modernizing the business and just this year remodeled again. Ruth was able to assist with the planning, selection of amenities and see it re-open just a few weeks ago.
Ruth was a Life Member of the Soroptomist International of South Lake Tahoe, joining 1968. She was also honored in 2009 in an exhibit at Valhalla featuring women at South Shore who had been instrumental in developing roles for women in the community.
Ruth is predeceased by her husband Kurt in 2004. Ruth is survived by her sons Peter, Ralph, and Mark. Daughters-in-law Janet and Melissa, grandchildren Erich and Nicole, all of South Lake Tahoe as well as sister and brother-in-law Rosemary and Hubert Kessler of Germany.
Her final resting place will be with her beloved husband Kurt on the cross on Mt. Tallac.
Services will be held at :
St. Theresa’s Church on
January 29th at 11 am
In lieu of flowers, donations in Ruth’s memory should be made to the South Lake Tahoe Cancer League, Box 17962, South Lake Tahoe, Ca 96151 or The Barton Foundation, 2092 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Suite 600, South Lake Tahoe, Ca 96150.