Ruby Elizabeth Schmalek, 90, died Saturday, June 15 in Danville.
She was born with her twin Beulah, in Chicago, Ill. She graduated from Senn High School in Chicago and moved to California shortly after graduation.
She began working at the Alameda Naval Air Station during World War II and was an original “Rosie the Riveter.” She was responsible for wiring airplanes manufactured during the war and used her petite size to fit into the smallest of spaces within the planes. She often spoke fondly of these days and was proud of her service.
She met her husband, Ed Schmalek, while working at the Alameda Naval Air Station and was married after the war. She gave birth to a loving daughter, Judie Mulvihill, and raised her family in the Bay Area.
Mrs. Schmalek worked at the Merritt Bakery for many years where she performed a variety of jobs and most lovingly created front window displays for all the holiday occasions. She knew her displays were well received when the front window of the Merritt Bakery was full of children’s hand prints. She retired from the bakery and began working full-time on the family farm in Escalon. After moving away from Escalon, she spent the last 10 years with her grandson and family in Danville.
She loved her family, sewing, ceramics, crafts, and playing bingo with friends whenever she had a free moment. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend who will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her grandson, Michael (Melissa) Mulvihill; and great-grandchildren, Quinn and Liliana Mulvihill.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed Schmalek; and daughter, Judie Mulvihill.
A Mass of Christina Burial was held June 28 at St. Patrick’s Church, Escalon. Her final resting place will be at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery.
Deegan Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.
The Escalon (Calif.) Times
July 3, 2013