Ruta Barbora Arbas,
age 91, of Beverly Shores, IN, passed away peacefully with family at her
side Monday, September 18, 2017.
Ruta was born
Barbora-Ruta Anuzyte (Anuzis) on July 29, 1926, in the small town of Kartena,
Lithuania, daughter of Petras Anuzis and Barbora Zablockaite (Zablockas)
While Ruta was in
her teens, she and her family narrowly escaped arrest and death by the
Russian Communist regime and her family was forced to flee their homeland
via Austria, and eventually to post-war Germany. She finished high school at
a displaced persons camp in Scheinfeld, Germany, and from there immigrated
in 1949 to the United States. She worked as a laborer for Nabisco for
several years in Chicago.
In August 1952 she
married Liudas G. Arbaciauskas and in 1955 they became naturalized citizens,
changing their name to Arbas. They had two children together and moved in
1958 to Beverly Shores, IN, in the beautiful dunes to raise family. Ruta was
widowed at age 52 and never remarried.
Surviving are son
Alvydas (Anne) Arbas and grandson Adam Arbas of Racine, WI; and daughter
Gina (Craig) Darnell of Chesterton, IN, and grandsons Thomas Darnell, also
of Chesterton, and Nicholas Darnell, of Lakeville, IN.
Preceding Ruta in
death were her husband, parents, and sister Adele (Victor) Banevicius.
gardening, sewing, and baking for church and club events, and dedicated her
life to family. She loved creatures of all kinds--the birds, raccoons, and
neighborhood dogs all knew where to find a treat. Ruta served for many years
as Secretary of the Lithuanian Club of Beverly Shores and was a past member
of the local Womenís Club.
Mass of Christian
Burial will be Saturday, Sept. 23, at 10:00 a.m., at Saint Ann of the Dunes
Parish, 433 East Golfwood Road, Beverly Shores, with viewing one hour prior
at the church. Interment will follow at 1:00 p.m. at St. Casimir Lithuanian
Cemetery in Chicago with memorial luncheon following.
been entrusted to Geisen-Carlisle Funeral Home in Michigan City, IN.
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