Ruth Anding, 85Ruth Minnie Seekamp Anding, 85 years, of River Falls, Wis., died Oct. 6 at the Lutheran Home in River Falls.
Ruth Minnie Seekamp Anding, 85 years, of River Falls, Wis., died Oct. 6 at the Lutheran Home in River Falls.
She was born on Feb. 13, 1927 to Oscar and Marie (Pedersen) Seekamp, the oldest of 5 children. Ruth grew up in River Falls, attending River Falls public schools, graduating in 1945. She became an elementary education teacher after graduating from River Falls State Teachers College in 1948. Her teaching career was in New Richmond and River Falls.
Ruth married Frederick (Fritz) Anding on June 18, 1950, at the Lutheran House of Worship in River Falls. The first few years of their married life, they lived in an apartment in River Falls, moving to the Anding family dairy farm in 1955. In November 2006, Fritz and Ruth moved to their townhome in River Falls. Ruth became a resident of the Lutheran Home in June of 2011.
They were blessed with two sons, Randy and Ron. Ruth and Fritz raised their boys on the family farm. As the boys grew, they became part of the dairy operation. Ruth was the bookkeeper for the farming operation. She also spent many hours in the kitchen preparing and serving countless meals and desserts to family, friends, and farmhands.
As a faithful servant of the Lord, Ruth was a lifetime member of the Women of Faith and a dedicated Sunday school teacher.
Over the years, Ruth participated in many local and state organizations, including St. Croix County Extension Homemakers, Farm Bureau, UW-RF Alumni, 1945 Class Reunion Committee, Music Madams, Town of Troy United Fund, and Town of Troy Election Officials. Among her hobbies were embroidery, cross-stitch, flower gardening, and bird watching. Throughout her life, she was a fanatic football fan of River Falls High School, college, and especially the Green Bay Packers. Her love of music was displayed through singing, piano playing, and watching the Lawrence Welk Show. Ruth and Fritz enjoyed traveling, the gift of nature, and the beauty of photography.
Ruth is survived by husband, Fritz; son and daughter-in-law Randy and Eloise (Harck) Anding; daughter-in-law, Sally Vissers; grandchildren, Keith Anding, Heather (Anding) and Nathan Baar, Rob Anding, Shannon Anding, and James Vissers; great-grandchildren, Karissa and Blake Baar, all of River Falls; brother Ronald (Mary) Seekamp of Fridley, Minn., and sister Helen Eberhart of Sun City, Ariz.; sister-in-law Nancy Seekamp of North Carolina; and Fritz's sisters, Phyllis (Paul) Chapin of Baldwin, Carol (Jim) Bouvin of Texas, Mary (Dick) Bennett of Hudson, and Kathy Stohl of Hudson; aunt Virginia Pedersen of River Falls; many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son Ron Anding; brothers Richard and Robert.
Memorials are preferred to the National Stroke Association and the Arthritis Foundation.
A funeral service for Ruth will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church with Rev. Clayton Welch officiating. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Cashman-Hill Funeral Home in River Falls, and for 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery.
The Cashman-Hill Funeral Home and Cremation Services, River Falls, is assisting the family. Please visit www.hillfuneralservice.com to leave an online condolence.
Comments posted on this page do not reflect opinions of Forum Communications Company. Forum Communications Company does not endorse and is not responsible for any statement, opinion, advice given or made. All replies are subject to approval and must follow Forum Communications Company guidelines concerning statements of libel, personal attacks or defamation of character. Replies in the "Talk About It" section that criticize a person by name may not be posted, unless that person is openly involved in a public issue. Comments written in all capital letters or bold print will not be considered for inclusion in the forum.