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Ruth Westby

April 27, 1907 - June 1, 2009

RENVILLE -- Ruth T. Westby, 102, of Renville, died Monday at the RenVilla Nursing Home in Renville.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at First Lutheran Church in Renville. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Renville.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Renville and for one hour prior to the service at the church.

She was born April 27, 1907, in Ericson Township, Renville County, to Carl and Johanna (Anderson) Peterson. She graduated from Renville High School in 1925 and then, in 1926, she graduated from normal school (teachers training) in Renville. She taught first through eighth grade for seven years at District 88 and 131 country schools in Renville County.

She married Gilman Westby on Sept. 12, 1934, in Sacred Heart. They moved to Renville and she was a member of First Lutheran Church for many years.

She is survived by her daughter: Marilyn (and Duane) Johnson of Vinton, Iowa; daughter-in-law: Janice Westby of Danube; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; son: Rober; one grandson; five brothers; and four sisters.