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Ruth W. Kramer, 91

Ruth Wilhelmine (Grimm) Kramer, age 91, of Norwood Young America, passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at the Waconia Good Samaritan Center.

She was born Aug. 24, 1926, in Norwood, the daughter of Henry and Lydia (Ohland) Grimm. Ruth was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church, attended the St. John’s Lutheran School, and was a member of the 1945 graduating class at Central High School in Norwood.

For a period after high school, Ruth worked for the local post office.

She was united in marriage with Hilton V. Kramer June 15, 1948, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Kramer as the officiant. The couple made their home on the Kramer family farm, west of Norwood, where they raised their daughters, Linda and Jane.

After retiring from farming, Ruth and Hilton built a new house on a portion of the family farm. They made this their home until 2001, when they became residents of Westview Acres in Waconia.

Ruth was a devoted mother and farm wife. When her daughters were out of high school, she worked many years doing housecleaning. She was very proud of her work and the relationships with her family clients that she built over the years. Ruth was still receiving Christmas cards and notes from those client families.

Ruth was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, where she participated in many Bible study groups, the church choir, Altar Guild, and the senior’s Prime Time group. She was always a witness to others of having abundant Christian faith.

At home, Ruth loved flower gardening and creating floral arrangements. She enjoyed sewing, crafting, and playing cards. Ruth also loved to bake, and she’ll be remembered for her Christmas cookies.

Ruth always looked forward to hosting company. Family and friends were everything to her, and it was always necessary to celebrate a holiday with family, especially birthdays. She was very faithful at sending cards and reaching out to others on their special day.

Traveling was a pleasure to Ruth and she favored the mountain states, and day trips around Minnesota.

Never staying idle, she volunteered at Ridgeview Medical Center and helped lead the Diabetes Support Group.

Ruth was a determined, strong, positive, and gentle woman. She left a great example to those around her, that you can make it through anything. Her cookie jar was “always full.”

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Hilton; parents Henry and Lydia Grimm; brother Donald Grimm; grandson Nathan Mensing; nephew Mark Grimm; father-in-law and mother-in-law Herman and Bertha Kramer; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Laura and Cyrus Hatleli, Olga and Edwin Halvorson, Helen and Marvin Huser, Harold and Eleanora Kramer.

She is survived by her loving family: daughters and sons-in-law Linda and Dale Mensing of Lester Prairie, and Jane and Dale Herrmann of Oakdale; granddaughter Sara Crew and her husband Donovan; great-grandchildren Lily Ruthann Crew, and Autumn Violet Crew; sister-in-law Dorothy Grimm of Hamburg; and many other relatives and friends.

The funeral service took place Monday, May 14 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Norwood Young America, with the Rev. Eric Hutchison officiating. There was visitation at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Serving as casket bearers were Carol Chase, Steven Grimm, Joyce Meuleners, David Huser, Joel Huser, and Caroline Birkholz.

Arrangements were with Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.

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