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Ruth E. VandeWeerd

Wed, Jun 18th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Ruth E. VandeWeerd

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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