Ruth Jacobson


Ruth JacobsonRuth Jacobson age 97 of Redwood Falls, passed away Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Wood Dale Nursing Home in Redwood Falls.  Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 29 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Redwood Falls.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church on Wednesday.  Burial is in the Redwood Falls Cemetery.  Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Ruth (Tordsen) Jacobson was born August 10, 1921 in Redwood Falls, Minnesota to George and Emma (Johnson) Tordsen.  She graduated from Redwood Falls High School in 1939 and furthered her education at Interstate School of Business in Fargo.  She then worked in the office at Central Bi-Products.  Ruth was united in marriage to Clarence Jacobson on April 2, 1944 and together they settled into the farm life.  Ruth farmed alongside Clarence until their retirement in 1999.  She was known for her delicious meals, and her kitchen table always had room for more guests.  Ruth was an active 4H mom and a member of the county Extension group.  She was a gifted seamstress, avid quilter, and her green thumb kept her flower gardens in bloom all summer long.  Crossword puzzles and card games occupied much of Ruth’s time, as well as the quilting group, altar guild, and funeral committee at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.  Above all, family was Ruth’s true passion and she loved her grandchildren beyond measure.

Ruth is survived by her children: Lloyd (Liz) Jacobson of Redwood Falls, Jan (David) Gronseth of St. Cloud, Jeanne (Brad) Limoges of Redwood Falls; daughter-in-law Dorothy Jacobson of Owatonna; grandchildren: Jessica (Lonnie) Kodet, Shawn (Maggie) Kohout, Kim (Matt) Kiergaard, Brian (Samantha) Kohout, Hilary (Tony) Evans, Tyler (Kelsi) Limoges, Eric (Mariette) Jacobson, John (Cheri) Jacobson, Jamie (Tim) Finley, Samantha Gronseth, Adam Gronseth, and David Gronseth; 29 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; sister Mildred Bunting of Redwood Falls; and many nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Clarence, son Kenneth, daughter Barbara Ann in infancy, brothers: Mike and Bob Tordsen, and sisters: Harriet Bornschlegl and Arlene Tordsen.


  1. Brenda (Kohout) Johnson and Bill says

    So sorry for your loss. Hold on to the memories. Love you all Aunt Jan and family!

  2. Donna Potter says

    So very sorry for your loss! Your mom was such a nice person. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Roger and Donna Potter

  3. Deb Landers says

    Such a wonderful woman. Ruth was always so kind to me, and so generous and patient with this silly, ‘city’ girl who knew nothing about life in a farming community all those years ago. We had some laughs over my ignorance! She was a woman deserving of much admiration & love. My deepest condolences to everyone in the family.

  4. Gary Tordsen says

    I am proud that Ruth was my aunt. Circumstances led to little communication over the years. Aunt Ruth reached out last August am I am so happy we shared a day of reacquaintance. Aunt Ruth made me feel as if we hadn’t missed a day. Peace and Love to her family and let her legacy of love live on.

  5. Faythe Amberg says

    So sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing – Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time-
    Butch and Faythe Amberg

  6. Dave and Joan Erickson says

    Our condolences to the family. Will miss her seven course lunches at harvest time.

  7. Colleen Marcus says

    Sending our deepest sympathies to you all!
    The Marcus Family

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