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Ruth Grabow Feb. 13, 1920 - Dec. 9, 2012

Ruth Grabow Feb. 13, 1920 - Dec. 9, 2012

OLIVIA - Ruth Grabow, age 92, of Olivia died Sunday, December 9, 2012 at Bethesda Heritage Nursing Home in Willmar. Funeral services are Thursday 11:00 a.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Olivia with Rev. Joel Luetke officiating. Burial is in the Olivia Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at the church. Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service of Olivia.

Ruth Leona Grabow was born February 13, 1920 at Sacred Heart, MN to Clarence and Ella (Hanson) Dahl. She was baptized March 20, 1920 at Opdal Lutheran Church, rural Sacred Heart, and confirmed July 3, 1934 at First Lutheran Church in Renville. When she was seven her mother died so Ruth and her sister Dorothy were raised by their aunt and uncle Joe and Christine Refsland of rural Renville. Ruth graduated from Renville High School. She was united in marriage to Eberhardt "Abe" Grabow on December 25, 1938 at Emmet Lutheran Church, rural Renville, by Rev. Kuske. They made their home on a farm north of Olivia and were the parents of Darrel and Maxine. Ruth was a faithful member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Olivia and was Secretary of the Ladies Aid for many years. She had been a 4-H Leader for the Kingman Ramblers and a Junior Leader for the Farmers Union. Ruth had worked at the Style Shop, Ninth St. Boutique, and Maxine's. In 1954 her and Abe were awarded the WCCO Good Neighbor Award. Ruth had enjoyed attending antique sales to purchase dishes, collecting crystal dishes and sets of china, dancing and doing calligraphy. She had truly treasured her trip with Pastor Dietz and friends to the Holy Land. Her family fondly remembers how Ruth was a "saver" of all the letters and mementos she had been given over the years and how she was affectionately known as "Grandma Ruth" to many.

Ruth is survived by her two children: Darrel (and Mary Jo) Grabow of Dunwoody, GA and Maxine (and Dick) Herdina of Olivia; her eight grandchildren: Kris (and Jeff) Lippert of Blomkest, Keith (and Kathy Jo) Herdina of Olivia, Kari (and Chris) Anderson of Spicer, Kathy (and special friend Mark Herzberg) of Olivia, Stephen (and Michelle) Grabow of Gainesville, FL, Jeff (and Libby) Grabow of Big Sky, MT, David (and Laura) Grabow of Atlanta, GA, and Karen (and Darron) Collins, of Bar Harbor, ME; her 16 great-grandchildren: Lindsay, Melissa, Jay, Steven, Kelly, Molly, Nick, Amy Jo, Maggie, Molly, Thomas, Ella, Max, Evie, Eberhardt, and Vera; and her two great-great-grandchildren: Nolan Smith and Ava Jean Herdina. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Abe in 1979, her sister Dorothy Nelson, and her aunt and uncle Joseph and Christine Refsland.

Dirks-Blem Funeral Service, Olivia, MN

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