Ruth Thelma Hansen (nee Dolan), age 96 of Isanti, MN and formerly of South Minneapolis, MN died peacefully, surrounded by her family on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Ruth was born on March 21, 1920 in Wainwright, Alberta, Canada to John and Anna (Davidson) Dolan. She grew up in Minneapolis, graduating from Vocational High School. She went to school to become a hairstylist, which became her career. She married William Ruben in 1939, they later divorced. In December of 1959, she was married to William Hansen in Minneapolis. Ruth loved making a home and cooking and entertaining family and friends. She was a hard worker, a strong independent woman, and a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed knitting and made many hats and afghans for family and friends. Her family was her passion, and she was their rock. She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Anna Dolan; husband, William Hansen; her siblings; son-in-law, Roger Deg; and infant granddaughter, Melissa Ruth Deg. Ruth is survived by her children, JoAnn Deg; Judi (Wayne) Holmberg, Billie (Karen) Ruben, Kellie (Tony) Duff; grandchildren, Chris (Marilyn) Deg, Gregory Holmberg, Timothy (Laura) Holmberg, Kimberlee (Stephen) Johnson, Mark Ruben, Teri Kay (Donald) Matthews, Lindsay (Kris) Collins, Megan (Caleb) Stevens, Brianna (Kyle) Nohre; great-grandchildren, Katie (Tyler) Herrmann, Kourtney Holmberg, Madison Holmberg, Sydney Holmberg, Isaiah Holmberg, Sophia Holmberg, MacKenzie Peterson, Kaila Johnson, Jordyn Ruben, Chase Ruben, Samuel Ruben Miller, Ashley Matthews, Billy Matthews, Chelsea Collins, Carson Collins, Levi Stevens, Isla Stevens; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A Funeral Service was held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 5 pm at Faith Lutheran Church 109 2nd Avenue N Isanti, MN. Visitation was also on Saturday from 4-5 pm at the church. Interment was in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 11:15 am. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Hudson, WI.
Sending our deepest sympathy and condolences to your family. May the God of all comfort strengthen you to cope and endure this difficult time.
Ruthie’s entire family was blessed beyond words to have her as their mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will surely be missed. She was an inspiration to all.
She was my dearest Aunt and second Mom. I miss her so much. She left a wonderful example of what a Mom, Grandma, Aunt, and Friend should be. Heaven must be singing and laughing for joy to have our dear Ruth united with our precious Lord. Love you Ruth! See you again someday. 🙂
“Into the darkness they will go, the wise and the lovely.” – Edna St. Vincent Millay
I am deeply saddened by the news of Ruth’s passing, though I have not seen her in a very long time, I have never forgotten her warmth and kindness and her wonderful laugh, for myself and all who cherished her we were very fortunate to know her. She will never be forgotten. She is a gem. All my heartfelt condolences to her friends and family.