Oct. 18, 1926-May 10, 2019
COTTONWOOD – Services for Ruth Stensrud, 92, of Cottonwood will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Lucas Lutheran Church in rural Cottonwood, with visitation one hour prior at the church. Burial will take be at the church cemetery. Arrangements are with the Rehkamp-Horvath Funeral Directors of Marshall.
Ruth passed away peacefully Friday, May, 10, 2019, at the Minneota Manor.
Ruth Helen Stensrud was born Oct. 18, 1926, the daughter of Herman and Olga (Rigge) Belling of rural Cottonwood. Ruth graduated from Cottonwood High School in 1944 and married her high school sweetheart, Vernon Stensrud on October 22, 1944. This union was blessed with four children, Susan, Steve, Stanley and Sandra. In 1946, Vernon was drafted into the Army and served in Japan. During this time, Ruth worked at North Star Insurance. Ruth’s favorite job though was being a wife and mother to her children. She was a supportive mom, who always looked after her family. Ruth’s nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren were added joys to her life. When Ruth was not taking care of her family, she was devoted to her church, being a part of many groups over the years. Ruth always had a cat or two that lived with her over the years, enjoying their quiet companionship.
Ruth’s independent spirit and compassion will be dearly missed by many.
She is survived by her children, Susan Ackerman, Steve (Mary Jean) Stensrud, Stan (Conni) Stensrud, Sandra Torke; grandchildren, Debbie (Tony) Lavelle, Jill (Joe) Zenner, Jim Ackerman, Laurie Ackerman, Jason (Naomi) Stensrud, Jessica (Scott) Wernimont, Preston (Crystal) Stensrud, Skyler (Katie) Stensrud, and Justin Torke; great-grandchildren Mark, Hunter, Patrick, Jenna, Morgan, Jorgetta, LeeAnn, Emmy, Colter, Dalten, Shelten, Payten, Keygan, Asher and Beckett.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Vernon in 1986; parents, Herman and Olga Belling; brothers, Arden and Marvin; sons-in-law, Joe Ackerman and Bruce Torke; and sister-in-law, June Belling.
Memorials are preferred to St. Lucas Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund.
Rehkamp Horvath Funeral Directors