RUTH ELIZABETH EKLUNDOur sweet and beloved Ruth Elizabeth Eklund, 95, passed away peacefully Jan. 4, 2013, at Diamond Willow in Cloquet, Minn.
Our sweet and beloved Ruth Elizabeth Eklund, 95, passed away peacefully Jan. 4, 2013, at Diamond Willow in Cloquet, Minn.
Ruth was born on August 28, 1917 to Arvid and Anna (Ohlson) Hermanson in the little copper mining town of Ray, Ariz., and grew up in Munger, Minn.
She married her sweetheart George Eklund on Oct. 7, 1939. After 72 years of marriage, George passed away Sept. 27, 2012 at the age of 97. Ruth was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother and devoted her life to George and their family. They spent many happy times fishing, camping and traveling.
Ruth was a long time member of the Proctor Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was an officer and member of Lady Fireman, a member of the Solway Senior Citizens and the Swede Finn Historical Group. She loved bowling, knitting, crossword puzzles, and was a member of the cribbage club.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Esther Gulbranson and Anne Boogroff; brother-in-law, Gilbert Gulbranson; sister-in-law, Emma Carlson; and nephew, Pastor Daryl O. Carlson.
Ruth is survived by her son, Gary (Sharon) Eklund of Victoria, Minn; daughter, Bonnie (Walter) Novak of Layton, Utah; grandchildren, Teri (David) Saxon of Woodland Park, Colo., Kevin Eklund of Carver, Minn., Erich (Heidi) Novak of San Ramon, Calif., and Kirsten (Donald) Basile of Salt Lake City, Utah; nine great-grandchildren; nieces, Karen (Ken) Mallow of Munger Minn. and Beth Anne (Roland) Gonzalez of Irvine, Calif.; nephew Jarl (Cathy) Carlson; brother in law, Alex Boogroff of Irvine, Calif.; cousins and extended family.
The family extends its special thanks to Cathy and Jerry Carlson, Karen Mallow, the Diamond Willow staff of Cloquet, and special friends for their unconditional love and support of mom. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
SERVICE: 12 Noon Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 at in Pine Hill Lutheran Church near the intersection of the Midway Road and Hwy I-35. Visitation one hour prior to service in the Church. Entombment at Sunrise Memorial Park.
To leave a memory of Ruth or words of support please visit our website at www.bellbrothersfuneralhome.com.
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