Ruth Adelma (McFarland) Riedel was born March 15, 1923 in Burt, Iowa, the daughter of George Otto and Ada Blanche McFarland. She grew up in near Burt and graduated from Burt High School in 1941. During and following high school she worked various waitressing job at, Hammerstrom's Café in Burt, Waldron's Café in Algona and Johnson House Café and Motel in Algona. Ruth was baptized and confirmed on March 31, 1942 at Trinity Lutheran Church.
On July 20, 1947, Ruth was united in marriage to Lawrence Herbert Riedel at Trinity Lutheran Church in Algona. After their marriage they lived in Algona where they raised their family. Ruth enjoyed spending time with her family and was there for her daughters. She always enjoyed playing cards, and board games, knitting which she taught herself. Quilting was another thing she loved to do, she would make quilts out of family members clothing and give them to her family. She also enjoyed cooking, two family favorites were her goulash and banana bread, even supplying her kids or grandkids with them if they wanted to take some home. After Lawrence's retirement in 1982 they enjoyed traveling throughout the United States.
Ruth died Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at Accura Healthcare of Bancroft. She was 96.
Ruth is survived by her daughters, Linda and LeRoy Wolf of Forest City; Bettie and Roger Ditsworth of Bancroft; grandchildren, Scott (Barb) Wolf, Jason Wolf; Kelly, Lisa and Mark (Jen) Ditsworth; great-grandchildren, Justin and Emily Wolf; Anthony, Brianna, Crystal, Zach, Korey and Zoe Ditsworth and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, Blanche (Cecil) Long; brothers, Harley (Dorothy) McFarland and Darrell (Louise) McFarland, sisters-in-law, Laura (Duane) Johnson and Marjorie (Raymond) Zeimet, and brother-in-law, Stanley (Selma) Riedel.
I have some great memories of Mom and Dad playing cards at our house. Dad and Ruth would do some friendly bantering back and forth. It was pretty funny. Lawrence always had a short comment to join in. It is a memory I still have. Ruth was a great Aunt. She will be remembered.
We are sending Hugs and prayers to the family.
Our sympathies and prayers. Appreciate Ruth being in regular attendance at the Nursing Home Worship Services. God Bless you all, in Christ Pastor Jim and Marlene Dewar of First Baptist Church in Bancroft.
Psalm 121:1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2. My help cometh from the Lord , which made heaven and earth.
Our sincere sympathy to the family of Ruth. May our Lord comfort you! Jesus promised: I am the resurrection and the Life All who believe in Me will have eternal life. This was Ruth's faith. She knew and believed that in Christ all her sins were forgiven, and that Jesus' promise would be fulfilled - she would have eternal life with Christ in heaven. Pastor Henry and Evelyn Friedrich
My Deepest Sympathy, Betty & Family 🙏
Fly high with the other Angel's. Aunt Ruth was a very caring lady. Loved going down to see her and Uncle Lawrence during their garage sales. Rest in peace sweet lady. You will be missed
My God bless you in your. My the prayer that we are sent your way will your day .
Linda, Betty & families, sorry for your loss. Always enjoyed playing cards with your mom and our many other visits with both parents most of my life. God Bless. 🙏
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