Ruth E. (Beltz) Brandt was born on June 24, 1916 at Sleepy Eye, MN to her parents Hugo and Mary (Krenz) Beltz. She passed away, at age 93, on Monday, August 3, 2009 at the Elders Home in New York Mills.
Ruth was united in marriage with Raymond H. Brandt on January 12, 1935 at Redwood Falls. She will be remembered as the friendly cashier, for 17 years, at the Ben Franklin Store in Wadena, after which she became a farm wife until 1986 when they retired from farming. She and her husband farmed at Norcross, where Ruth was active in her church. While living in Wadena she enjoyed Bible Study gatherings with her friends. She has been a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Wadena since her retirement. For the last 8 years she has lived at Comfort Care Cottage in Wadena, which she considered to be her home.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond; parents, Hugo and Mary; brothers, Roland, Armin, Lester, and Winfield. She is survived by her son, Clinton (Joan) of Perham; daughter, Barbara (Gary) Shellenberger of Wadena; five grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; and sister, Ethel Ranniger of Golden Valley.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 8, 2009 in the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Wadena with Pastor Robert Griggs officiating. Pallbearers were Jeffrey Tappe, Joseph Tappe, John Tappe, Andrew Tappe, Corey Brandt, and Megan Olson. Interment was in the Wadena Cemetery.
Arrangements were with the Johnson Memorial Home in Wadena. (www.johnsonmemorialhome.com)