Ruth Grothe

ruth grothe

Ruth Adeline Anderson was born to George and Gunda Anderson on September 20, 1932, in Anthony Township, Minnesota. She was the youngest of three children. She attended country school and graduated from Ada High School in 1950. She attended Lutheran Bible School in Minneapolis for one year.

Ruth was united in marriage to Raymond Grothe on June 24, 1952. They lived on the Grothe farm in Hendrum, Minnesota. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hendrum, where she taught Sunday School and junior choir, and sang in the senior choir. Ruth loved to sing and sang many solos, duets, and trios in church. She provided special music for more than 150 funerals. 

Four words that describe Ruth are family, faith, food, and flowers. Ruth was a dedicated housewife and very involved in her community. She also worked at the Valley Journal in Halstad, Minnesota, for seventeen years and at the Halstad Living Center for five years. Beginning in 1997, Ray and Ruth spent their winters in Mesa, Arizona. Ruth worked at an adult day care center in Mesa for nine years.

Ruth became a resident of the Halstad Living Center in June, 2013, where she died on October 15, 2013.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Raymond; son Paul (Rebecca) of Moorhead; son Steven of Los Angeles, California; son Jonathan of Hendrum; daughter, Mary Coppola (Emilio), of Deerfield Beach, Florida; and two granddaughters, Cynthia Grothe Timmerman (Travis) of Fargo and Amanda Christina Coppola of Deerfield Beach, Florida. She also is survived by her brother, Erling (Evonne) Anderson, Moorhead, and many nieces and nephews. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, brother Albert Anderson, and infant son, Daniel.

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  1. Hendrum Minnesota
    I was so sad to hear about Ruth! However, we all know she is in a wonderful place with no pain and sunshine everyday! Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Linda

  2. Halstad MN
    Worked with Ruth for many enjoyable years. She always was pleasant and
    helpful to her fellow co-workers and customers. She always had a way to have the customer feel like they were treated fairly and with respect.

    We were a big family at the Journal.

    Ray & family: We feel bad that we won’t be able to attend Ruth’s funeral, but we are going to our granddaughter’s confirmation in Middle River. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all.

  3. deerfield beach flRuth was an awesome person thatput everyone else’s needs before her own. She was never without a kind word for others and one of the kindest people I have ever known. She was deeply Loved and will be sorely missed. The world is a sadder place without you Ruth!!!!

  4. Plantation FLRuth was a beautiful woman in every sense of the word. I feel honored to have known her. My deepest sympathy to the family and friends, and especially to Raymond.

  5. Barnesville MN
    They have said it takes a village to raise a child. Ruth was part of our growing up in the Church in Hendrum. I have very fond memories of her, her beautiful singing voice and her beautiful smile.
    My deepest sympathies to Ray and family.

  6. Sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing. She was always one to seek us out and offer a hug & a handshake at church, when we’d be visiting the folks.

  7. Deerfield Beach FLORIDAMy heart is heavy for the Grothe Family. Ruth was gentle, sweet and a Beautiful person. I have a very fond memory I would like to share. When Ruth was here in Florida visiting Mary, Emilio and Amanda, my daughter was just a few months old she began to get fussy as most infants do, I was unable to calm her when Ruth said, I will take her, before I knew it my daughter was sound asleep on Ruth’s lap . My daughter slept peacefully for way over an hour, it was her skill, and peaceful energy that helped clam her to sleep. I will always remember, as Mary and I have spoken this story a few times. I know you are at peace, and the Heaven’s welcomed you with open arms. May your soul rest in God’s peace.

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