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Ruth J. Schwartz Sept. 18, 1919 - Feb. 24, 2009

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WILLMAR -- Ruth Jeanette Schwartz, 89, of Willmar, died Tuesday at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

The service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar. Burial will be at Cloverleaf Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date.

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Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with Peterson Brothers Funeral Home, Willmar.

She was born Sept. 8, 1919, in Verndale to Adolf and Christine (Peterson) Johnson. She grew up in Verndale and graduated from Verndale High School in 1935. She received her teacher's training in Iowa and taught elementary school from 1939 to 1950 in Wadena and Kandiyohi County.

She married Bernard Schwartz on July 10, 1946. In 1948, they moved to Willmar. She was involved in community theater, Farmers Union, where she served as secretary, and Vinje Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her three children: Terry Schwartz of Willmar, Larry (and Lynn) Schwartz of Loretto and Lori Schwartz (and Peter Perrine); six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1989, four brothers and three sisters.

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