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Ruth Reilly 12/16/2020

Ruth Reilly 12/16/2020

Ruth Carol Jensen Reilly, 86, of River Falls, Wisconsin, passed away on December 16, 2020 at Comforts of Home in River Falls.  She was born September 6, 1934 in Hutchinson, MN Ruth was preceded in death by her parents , Louis and Margaret Jensen, her brother Willard Jensen and sister Nancy Bengtson. She is survived by her two children, David and Suzannah and many nieces and nephews. Ruth was an avid outdoors person and loved to ski with friends and travel. She also loved playing her violin with the ASI Spelmanslag. At her beloved church she was known by 20 years of kids as , “Grandma Ruth”. A celebration of Ruth’s life was held on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 11:00 am at The First Congregational Church (110 N 3rd St.) in River Falls. Ruth’s service can be viewed via the following link:  Visitation was also Saturday from 10-11 am at the church.  A reception  followed Ruth’s services. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • Charlie Kolpin Posted December 16, 2020 6:15 pm

    Will Miss Ruth (and Princess) a lot. A neighbor “up the block” that everyone should have the blessing of having close by. Barb and Charlie Kolpin and the girls – Sarah, Katie, Suzy and Amy.

  • Leah Posted December 17, 2020 12:52 am

    I will miss skiing with Ruth, we always had adventures. We have another angel singing and playing her violin

  • Elaine Dixen and Arthur Rice Posted December 18, 2020 6:39 pm

    We will miss skiing, hiking and walking with Ruth, especially having many adventures on the land she owned south of town. She was a very dear friend for over 35 years and will be greatly missed.

  • Carole Mottaz Posted December 20, 2020 6:31 pm

    Ruth was a very special lady. Children in church always wanted to hug her and she was a joy to sing with in the choir. I will miss her sense of humor.

  • Deb Quist Posted December 21, 2020 6:06 pm

    I have so many memories of Ruth, most notably singing alto in the choir together. She was one-of-a-kind; so caring in her own unique ways. My sympathy to Dave and Suzannah.

  • Bill Quist Posted December 21, 2020 6:10 pm

    Many fun times driving to Lay Academy and back with Ruth! She was a joy to travel with, and called me a curmudgeon because I didn’t enjoy singing!

  • Wendy Hill Posted December 21, 2020 7:10 pm

    Oh Ruth. Such a treasure you are for so many. You always had a kind or funny word to say to everyone. We should all be this giving. I am so happy to have known you. Blessings to Dave and Suzannah and all of those you touched.

  • Vicki Hoffman Posted December 21, 2020 8:36 pm

    A few years back on Sunday mornings before church, Ruth and I would share ideas we’d heard from Krista Tippett in the radio program “On Being”. It was a delightful exchange. Whatever Ruth did, she entered with joy and enthusiasm. I am sad to hear of her death and send sympathy and good wishes to her children.

  • Lori Elliott-Larson Posted December 21, 2020 11:20 pm

    Always enjoyed our cross country skiing outings and all the other outdoor activities we did. Sympathy to he family,
    Lori Elliott-Larson

  • Paula Dusek Melser Posted December 30, 2020 12:38 pm

    Ruth was always welcoming when I spent time at her beautiful home hanging out with Suzannah and the gang. Thinking of you and your family Suzannah..

  • Jane Shields Posted January 9, 2021 8:11 pm

    Although it has been many years since I saw Ruth, I remember her fondly as the mother of my very first best friend. She was always patient and kind, and was a wonderful role model. Much love to David and Suzannah during this difficult time.

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