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Ruth Grewe Dec. 24, 1919 - Dec. 7, 2012

Ruth Grewe Dec. 24, 1919 - Dec. 7, 2012

COLD SPRING - Ruth E. Grewe, 92, of Cold Spring (formerly of Gibbon) passed away peacefully at her daughter and son-in-law's home on the evening of Friday, December 7, 2012.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 15, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Moltke Twp., Gibbon, MN, with Pastor Harold Storm officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the time of services at church on Saturday.

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

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

Ruth's husband Waldemar Grewe passed away on January 31, 1997. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Lorraine Lindeman, and three brothers, Harry Lindeman, Martin Lindeman, 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) Grewe was the second child born to Emil and Edith (Schwarzrock) Lindeman on December 24, 1919, in Penn Twp., McLeod Co., Brownton, MN. She was baptized on January 18, 1920, by the Rev. George Diemer at St. Mathews Lutheran Church, Penn Twp. 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 5, Ruth moved with her family to the village of New Auburn, MN. There she attended Metcalf School through 6th grade, until the family moved to Brownton, MN, 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, Brownton, MN. Before marriage, Ruth was a switchboard operator, a waitress, and a domestic worker at several family farms.

On December 20, 1942, Ruth married Waldemar (Wally) Grewe of Gibbon at Immanuel Lutheran parsonage, 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 Twp., 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 Co. Extension. Other volunteer work at this level included being on the Board of Directors of the Sibley Co. Food Share. She was also a past secretary of the Sibley Co. Coordinating Committee and a past President of the Sibley Co. Aging Council. In 1992 Ruth was chosen Sibley Co. 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, MN, 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: MN 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.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.