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Ruth E. VandeWeerd


Wed, Jun 18th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Ruth E. ‘Ruthie’ VandeWeerd, 80, of Preston, died Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston with Rev. Dave Jore officiating. Burial will be in the Christ Lutheran Cemetery in Preston.

Ruth was born on November 25, 1933 in Preston, the daughter of Ernest and Julia Ruth (Thompson) Schwartz. She graduated from Preston High School in 1951. Ruth was a telephone operator from 1955 until 1986 for Northwestern Bell. On September 30, 1956 she married Ivan “Ike” VandeWeerd in Preston. The couple remained in Preston their entire lives. They were very proud to have been Grand Marshalls for the Preston Trout Days Parade in 2004.

Ruthie was a lifelong member of Christ Lutheran Church, an Honorary Lifelong Member of the Communication Worker of America, an AT&T Pioneer Life Member, and the VFW Ladies Auxillary in Preston. She was also a member of the “Round Table” at the Preston Serviceman’s Club for many years. Ruthie was a huge Elvis Presley fan and took a trip to Graceland. She enjoyed reading Danielle Steel novels, collected cookbooks and enjoyed playing cards. She loved to travel and made her dream trip to Hawaii twice. She also enjoyed going to the casino. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Deb (Kim) Brastrom of Clear Lake, Ia., Denise (Ron) Vierling of Pleasant Hill, Ia.; one granddaughter, Lindy Brastrom of Ames, Ia.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Ike, twin infant daughters Dawn and Darcy; and three sisters, Rollis Kirkland, Eva Tienter and Margie Bjork.

Friends may call from 5-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston and also one hour prior to services at the church. The family prefers memorials to Christ Lutheran Church or the Preston Servicesman’s Club Scholarship Fund. Online condolences may be left at thauwaldfuneralhomes.com.



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Phyllis E. Utley

Wed, Jun 18th, 2014
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Phyllis E. Utley, age 87, of Rochester, formerly of Preston, died Monday evening, June 16, 2014, at Madonna Towers of Rochester. Phyllis was born January 4, 1927, on the family farm in Carimona Township, Fillmore Co., Minnesota, the daughter of Elv ..... 
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Delores Anne (Barth) Joseph

Wed, Jun 11th, 2014
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Delores Joseph, 82, formerly of Preston, Minn., died January 21, 2014, at her home in Upland, Calif. Delores Anne Barth was born in Preston on July 14, 1931, to Reuben J. and Anastasia R. (Baures) Barth. Delores attended school in Preston, graduat ..... 
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Maxine Simonson

Thu, Jun 5th, 2014
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Maxine Simonson of Preston, Minn., entered her eternal home on Tuesday afternoon, May 27, 2014. Lois Maxine Duxbury, born February 22, 1923, in Preston, was the oldest of four children born to Leigh and Mary (Scheevel) Duxbury. She was a 1941 gr ..... 
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Cloy D. Kneeskern

Wed, Jun 4th, 2014
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Cloy D. Kneeskern, 84, of Preston, Minn. died Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at his home surrounded by family. He leaves a wife, Laurice; children Gary of Preston; Sheri (Pat Dunnigan) of Bellingham, Wash.; Dave (Carol) of Greenfield, Iowa; Sandra (Mike) ..... 
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James F. Gartner

Thu, May 22nd, 2014
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James F. Gartner, 79, of Preston, Minn., died Friday, May 2, 2014 at his home. James Gartner was born on November 25, 1934 in Rochester, Minn., the son of Frank and Ella (Scanlon) Gartner. He graduated from Preston High School in 1953. On Februar ..... 
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Laurie Marie Every

Tue, Apr 29th, 2014
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Laurie Marie Every, age 53, formerly of Preston, Minn. and Harmony, Minn., died Wednesday morning, April 23, 2014, at the Gunderson Harmony Care Center. Laurie was born September 19, 1960, in Harmony the daughter of Chuck and Emma (Hellem) Every. ..... 
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Kenneth William McBride

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
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Kenneth William McBride, 84, of Preston, Minn., passed away peacefully Monday, March 17, 2014, at his residence. Kenneth was born February 12, 1930, on the family farm in rural Olmsted County, to William & Emma (Oldenburg) McBride. He lived most o ..... 
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Kay Christine Hines Laging

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
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Kay Christine Hines Laging, age 74, of Preston, Minn., passed away Wednesday evening, March 12, 2014, at the Spring Valley Care Center. Kay was born August 18, 1939, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn., the daughter of Sidney and Frances ..... 
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