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Ruth E. Grewe

December 14, 2012
The Journal

GIBBON - Ruth E. Grewe, 92, of Gibbon passed away peacefully at her daughter and son-in-law's home in Cold Spring on the evening of Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Moltke Township, Sibley County, with Pastor Harold Storm officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the time of service at church on Saturday.

The Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in Gibbon is handling the arrangements.

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Ruth E. Grewe

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Ruth is survived by two daughters, one son, and their spouses: Bette (Duane) Kuss of Cold Spring; Dr. Kathryn Kelly (John Stahl) of Olivia; Fredrick "Fred" (Vicky) Grewe of Gibbon; six grandsons and one granddaughter,Dan (Alisa) Grewe of Falcon Heights, Darren Grewe of New Ulm, Darrick (fiance Kristen) Grewe of Golden Valley, Daylen Grewe of Mankato, Lee (Sarah) Kelly of St. Cloud, Samuel Kuss and Lillie Kuss of Cold Spring; ten great-grandchildren survive as well as step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Lindeman of Glencoe; as well as nieces and nephews.

Ruth's husband Waldemar "Wally" Grewe passed away on Jan. 31, 1997. She was preceded in death by her parents;her sister Lorraine Lindeman; three brothers, Harry, Martin and Ray Lindeman; three sisters-in-law, three brothers-in-law and one son-in-law greeted her in Heaven as well, Pearl Lindeman, Vera Ferencik, Irene Grewe, John Grewe, Edwin Grewe, Andy Ferencik, and Robert (Bob) Kelly.

Ruth Erna Lindeman was the second child born to Emil and Edith (Schwarzrock) Lindeman on Dec. 24, 1919, in Penn Township, McLeod County. She was baptized on Jan. 18, 1920, by the Rev. George Diemer at St. Mathews Lutheran Church, Penn Township. Her sponsors were Aunt Erna (Mrs. Albert) Schwarzrock, friend and neighbor Alma Schuette (Mrs. Albert) Spaude, and cousin Theodore Draeger.

In 1924, at the age of five, Ruth moved with her family to the village of New Auburn.There she attended Metcalf School through 6th grade, until the family moved to Brownton in the Spring of 1931. Ruth attended Brownton Public Schools and graduated from Brownton High School in 1937 with 15 other classmates. She was confirmed on March 25, 1934, by Rev. C.H. Kowalski at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, now known as Grace Lutheran Church in Brownton. Before marriage, Ruth was a switchboard operator, a waitress, and a domestic worker at several family farms.

On Dec. 20, 1942, Ruth married Waldemar "Wally" Grewe of Gibbon at Immanuel Lutheran parsonage in Brownton, by Pastor Gerhard Schmidt. Attendants were Ray Lindeman and Ruth Bentz. As was customary in those days, the couple resided with Henry and Louisa Grewe, Waldemar's parents, for the first 8-1/2 years of marriage, until they moved into their newly erected home in Moltke Township in 1951.

Ruth was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church and an honorary member of LWML, holding past Secretary and President offices. She was also a past member of St. Peter's mixed choir. Within her community, Ruth had membership in and was past President of the Gibbon Golden Age Club. She also was an adult leader of the Moltke Happy Hustlers 4-H Club. At the county level, Ruth was a past treasurer of the Sibley County Extension. Other volunteer work at this level included being on the Board of Directors of the Sibley County Food Share. She was also a past secretary of the Sibley County Coordinating Committee and a past President of the Sibley County Aging Council. In 1992 Ruth was chosen Sibley County Outstanding Senior Citizen and represented the county at the Minnesota State Fair. At the state level, she was a past secretary and past President of the Minnesota State Soil and Water Conservation Districts Auxiliary.

For most of Ruth's adult life, she resided and worked with her husband on their farm, tilled the soil for cash crops and specialized in quality egg production. She and Wally established their farm site, planting many trees and erecting buildings to house farm implements, grain, and thousands of chickens. Ruth and Wally met at a dance in Buffalo Lake, and dancing was something they enjoyed together for many years. Ruth will be remembered for her home cooked Thanksgiving feasts; her professional-looking embroidery projects and hand-stitched quilts. Education was very important to her as well as being civically informed. She listened to WCCO and MPR until the last days of her life. Ruth thoroughly enjoyed little children and was the best grandma and great-grandma. She loved the arts and enjoyed watching and listening to her children and grandchildren perform musically, theatrically, giving presentations, or participating in sporting events. Ruth loved to travel and experience new things. She was always delighted to meet people and was a wonderful conversationalist. Consistent with her German heritage, Ruth enjoyed her sweets and her favorite was maple nut ice cream. She will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.

Many thanks to: Minnesota Valley Funeral Home for making the arrangements; Assumption Home of Cold Spring for their care and concern; Heartland Hospice of St. Cloud for their loving kindness, support and care; Dr. George Schoephoerster and Dr. Christopher Wenner for their caring medical attention; and to Pastor Harold Storm for his faithful visits and spiritual support.



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