RUTH JOHANNA EZELLRuth J. Ezell, 91 of Carlton, passed away on Tuesday morning, Aug. 21, 2012 at Essentia Health Care in Duluth surrounded by her loving family.
Ruth J. Ezell, 91 of Carlton, passed away on Tuesday morning, Aug. 21, 2012 at Essentia Health Care in Duluth surrounded by her loving family.
She was born Ruth Johanna Lundquist in Duluth to Adolph and Alma (Mannisto) Lundquist on June 24, 1921.
She was raised in Duluth and later moved to New York Mills, Minn., where she graduated from high school in 1939. Ruth went on to attend college at Hibbing Jr. College for two years before going on to the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Her education was interrupted by the attack on Pearl Harbor and declaration of World War II. She enlisted in the U.S. Army where she served as Chief Radio Operator. Ruth later continued her education at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She was employed as a Laboratory Technician by St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth and later as an educator at both the Moose Lake school district and Carlton school district from where she retired in 1984.
Ruth was a dedicated member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Wrenshall, Minn., where she was the organist. As a veteran, she was also an active member of the VFW Post in Carlton. Ruth's love of the United States of America, her Finnish heritage, her family, her faith, her many friends, the outdoors and living in general were obvious every day of her wonderful life. She will be deeply missed by family and friends both near and far.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; husband William; her brother Ormond, and sister Vivian.
She is survived by sons William of Pequot Lakes, Roger (Celeste) of Byron, Ark., and John (Deborah) of Carlton; daughters Mary of Salem, Ark., and Margaret of Salem, Ark.; 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
SERVICE: 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 in St. John's Lutheran Church in Wrenshall, Minn., with a visitation at 10 a.m. Interment service will be at Hillside Cemetery with Military Honors presented by the Nicholson-Sellgren VFW Post Honor Guard. A luncheon and time of fellowship will follow in the church social hall. The family has selected Nelson Funeral Care of Cloquet to assist them with arrangements. See the family online guest book at www.nelsonfuneralcare.net
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