Susan Ruether, 95 of Perham, died Monday, July 28, 2014 in Perham Living. A funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 beginning at 11 a.m. at St. Henry's Catholic Church in Perham. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Burial will take place in the church cemetery.
Susan Belka was born on a farm in Gorman Township, Perham on November 6, 1918. Her parents were Joseph and Hattie (Palubicki) Belka. She was the second oldest of six siblings. Susan was baptized in St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Perham.
She attended a one-room country school near the Belka farm. As a young girl, Susan survived a bout with the disease Black Diphtheria. In 1966, at the age of 47, Susan had breast cancer and was probably the oldest cancer survivor in the Perham area.
Susan married Henry Parchem in St. Stanislaus Church on January 19, 1937. Together they had three daughters. They were married 29 years when Henry died suddenly in 1966 at the age of 50.
Susan worked many years for the Tillman Egg Plant and several years for the Sears Catalog store in Perham. She was an active member of the Catholic Daughters and the Christian Mothers.
She married Clarence Ruether in 1969. Clarence died in 1987.
Preceding Susan in death are her parents; husbands, Henry Parchem and Clarence Ruether; daughter, Beverly Vadnais; sons-in-law: Dennis Guck, Ron Vadnais and Gerald Krekelberg; grandchildren: Julie Guck Koep and baby Gerald Krekelberg Jr.; and siblings: Florence Zeller, Irene Boedigheimer, Magdalene Wasescha, Edward and Joseph Jr. Belka.
Susan is survived by her daughters: Joan Guck of Perham and Sandra Krekelberg of Minneapolis, Minn.; 12 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and brother-in-law, Warren Wasescha of Stillwater, Minn.
Schoeneberger Funeral Home - Perham is handling the arrangements. For online condolences, visit www.schoenebergerfuneralhome.com.