Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home

4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, LA


Ruth Elizabeth Raith

December 11, 1929October 23, 2019

Ruth Raith passed away peacefully on October 23, 2019 at the age of 89. Loving spouse of Rudolf Raith. She is survived by her daughter, Sylvia I. Dempsey-Raith: her grandson, Jonah Raith; her son-in-law, James T. Dempsey; her sister, Margarete Bassler (husband, Peter Bassler). She was preceded in death by her parents, Hans and Johanna Oberle; her daughter, Claudia Gladys Raith; her sister and brothers, Christa Engelman (husband, the late Hans Engelman), Walter Oberle (wife, the late Ilse Oberle), Jorg Oberle, and Rudi Oberle (wife, the late Gretel Oberle). Mrs. Raith worked at DH Holmes for over 17 years. She loved gardening, baking and her New Orleans Singing Club Saengerchor Deutsches Haus and the German singing club she joined upon her move to Chicago in 2005 Harlem Maenner and Damen Chor Forest Park, IL. Of all the things she cared deeply about her grandson, Jonah was the light in her life for the past 17 ½ years. She will be remembered for her courage and strength during difficult times, her strong work ethic, her support for friends and family and her volunteer work with various German Clubs and Ascension Lutheran Church in Riverside, IL. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 4747 Veterans Memorial Blvd., near Clearview Pkwy., in Metairie, LA on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 beginning at 10:00 AM with a funeral service to follow at 12:00 noon in Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home’s chapel. Interment will be in Lake Lawn Park.


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 5, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 5, 2019

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