Ruth M. Kurtz, age 98 of Kasson, formerly of Redwood Falls, passed away on Friday, March 18, 2016 at her home with family at her side. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 24 at the Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service Thursday. Interment is in the Redwood Falls Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.
Ruth was born October 23, 1917 in Norma, North Dakota to Fred and Edith (Schmidt) Steinkamp. She was the eldest daughter of seven children. Ruth spent much time helping and taking care of her younger siblings. After she graduated from high school, she attended Nampa Nazarene College for a year. On September 21, 1940 Ruth was united in marriage to Maurice Kurtz in Redwood Falls. Together the couple lived in Morgan until 1956 when they moved to Redwood Falls. Ruth worked at Woolworths for 25 years until her retirement. She was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed sewing, needlework, crocheting, and making Afghans. She was a longtime member of the Church of Christ (Cornerstone Christian Church) in Redwood Falls where she participated in Bible study. Ruth had an enormous amount of faith and was ready to be lifted into God’s arms. She had a wonderful life filled with love, simplicity, and unwavering faith.
Ruth is survived by her daughters Dyann Judd of Bourbonnais, IL and Barb (Jerry) Treichel of Kasson, MN; son-in-law Robert Evans of Rochester; grandchildren: Caroline (Angelo) Setta, Sarah (Mark) McGuiness, Bryan Evans, Nathan (Carina) Evans, Melissa Treichel, Nicole Gunn (Wade Boardman), and Matthew (Emily) Treichel; great grandchildren: Alivia and Macie Treichel, Dominic and Gunner Boardman, Nicole and Thomas Romano, Gabriella Setta, and Kristyanna Evans; sister Marian Sheffield of Montana; and many other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death are her parents, husband Maurice, daughter Marlene Evans, two brothers and three sisters.