Rev. Ronald J. Rubbelke, of St. Louis, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at the age of 84. Beloved son of the late Violet and John Rubbelke; dear brother of the late Robert Rubbelke, Sr. (survived by Mary Alice Rubbelke); dearest uncle of Kate Rubbelke and Rob (Kimberly) Rubbelke; great-uncle of Ethan Rubbelke. Ronald was a beloved cousin, friend, cherished Pastor and Priest to many.
Ronald was born and raised in St. Louis, and he truly loved being a resident of St. Louis. He always looked forward to driving around town and taking in the history of the city. His favorite places to visit were the Missouri Botanical Gardens, as his place of refuge, and the St. Louis Zoo. Being that he loved nature, Ronald enjoyed traveling, especially to the National Parks throughout the United States, as well as Canada. He relished in the beauty of God’s nature.
As a family man, Ronald cherished his time with family and always looked forward to the holidays, especially Christmas, annually keeping the tradition of baking cookies with family and friends. He was very giving, and he loved to include a little riddle to reveal where or what the hidden gift may be. Ronald loved cooking and created many new recipes for his cookbook. He always loved sharing a good meal with family and friends.
Ronald was a devout man of faith, The Liturgy and crafting his homilies were very important to him. He held Bible studies throughout the parishes he was at, most recently at St. Elizabeth, Mother of John the Baptist Parish. He also created a reflection of the Sunday readings and sent it out to family and friends, which really kept him going. He was very passionate about charities and gave back wherever he could.
Ronald was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. The family is truly appreciative of all of his friendships, parishioners, and everyone who thoughtfully took care of and visited Ronald throughout his years.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made in Ronald's name to Sisters of the Most Precious Blood, O'Fallon, Missouri.