Decades of Making a Difference:  Ruby Aebischer's Story

A farmer's wife, mother of seven and Chilton socialite, Ruby Aebischer rallied with the rest of the community and got behind the efforts to raise money to build the hospital.

"The hospital brought people together," Ruby said.  "Next to home, family and church, CMC has always been close to my heart.  I have worked hard for it, supported it and loved it."

The year was 1956.  A group of people - mostly women representing Chilton, Brillion and New Holstein - came together in March to form an auxiliary, and Ruby was present the night the group held its first election.  At the last minute, her name was added to the ballot and before she knew it, Ruby was elected as the first auxiliary president.  "I went home and didn't sleep a wink," Ruby remembers.  "At the time, I had five kids and a farm.  I didn't know if I should tell my husband or not!  But I'm glad I did it.  It was a good time for a great cause."

After serving her first two-year term, she was elected for a second time in 1962.  She led meetings, managed membership and organized committees to save the hospital money.  When she wasn't ducking in and out of volunteer commitments, she was taking care of her children - two of which were born at CMC (the first five were born in Fond du Lac, which was the closest hospital before CMC was built).

And she has been, and always will be, close to CMC's heart.

When we began this project for CMC, Ruby's commitment to and passion for CMC was very evident and a shining reminder that the efforts she made with her fellow auxilians set the foundation for the care we are fortunate to have in Calumet County today.  Since, Ruby has passed.  However, her spirit and love for CMC live on as we fondly remember what her dedication has meant to our families and friends - quality heath care close to home.  It is up to us to carry on Ruby's legacy to ensure future generations receive that same care.

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