Ruby Yochem


Ruby Yochem Ruby Sylvia Yochem, age 95 of Dovray, passed away Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at Sanford Sioux Falls Medical Center. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 8 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Dovray. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial is in Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at Stephens Funeral Service – Westbrook Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Ruby Sylvia Yochem was born May 7, 1920 in Dovray Township, Murray County, Minnesota, to Ingvald and Regina (Oiom) Iverson. She was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Dovray. She attended Dovray public school. On April 10, 1944, Ruby married John Yochem at the parsonage in Westbrook. Together, they made their home on the farm near Dovray. Ruby lived there her entire life, until entering the nursing home in February of this year. She held numerous jobs over the years, including cooking and doing daycare. Ruby was active at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church where she was part of the Ladies’ Aid and the quilting group. She loved doing embroidery, cooking, and was well known for her baking. She enjoyed playing card games with her birthday club, and Bingo.

Ruby is survived by her children: Ronda Swenson of Evergreen, CO, Candace (Terry) Sjoberg of Minneapolis, Jon Yochem of Minneota; grandchildren: Stacy (Amanda), Beth, Ryan, all of CO, Jason (Michele), Tina (Joe), both of Minneapolis. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren: Tyra, Emma & Clodell, all of CO, Tristan, Treyton, Chase, & Brynn, all of Minneapolis; sisters Iola Bergman of Princeton, and Helen Iverson of Dovray; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband John, and sisters Hazel Bergman and Vonnie Hollingsworth.


  1. Jeff & Marla Eckman says:

    Candy and family:
    We were so very sorry to learn of your loss.
    Ruby must have been the official source of historical facts when it came to Dovray, Minnesota. Nearly a century long legacy in that quiet little community. So many years, means so many memories and we pray that you all find God’s peace in those memories and in knowing that she has passed on to a much better place.

  2. Star (Healy) O'Brien says:

    Wishing I could have visited with you last summer!! Remembering, coming to visit one summer as a little girl. We played a lot of Bingo together!!! Thank You for some of the great memories you gave me !
    Rest in Peace , Ruby

  3. Julie Cohrs-Barker says:

    I think she is the last of our old “neighbor ladies” & what a nice lady she was. God rest her soul & bless all of you.

  4. vern bass says:

    Deepest condolences in your time of loss. Take comfort that Ruby has passed to heaven and rests with those gone before.

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