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Ruthann Frank 08/20/2023

Ruthann Frank 08/20/2023

Ruthann Frank, age 82, died on Sunday, August 20, 2023 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. She was born the daughter of Orrin and Angeline (nee Dean) Nord in Minneapolis on April 2, 1941. Ruthann grew up in Bloomington, MN graduating from Burnsville High School, class of 1959. She graduated from Winona State with a degree in Physical Education. She was a member of a synchronized swimming club where she met David Frank. They were married on July 25, 1964 in Bloomington. Ruthann worked as a physical education teacher in Oshkosh, WI and Loyal, WI. Finally, substitute teaching in River Falls as a swimming teacher. She also worked Search Beyond where she chaperoned handicapped individuals on various trips. In addition, Ruthann worked for the Special Olympics when it was in Minneapolis. She volunteered for Walk On Therapeutic Riding. Ruthann was an avid gardener and loved to travel. She enjoyed singing in the choir at church and spending time with her grandchildren, two nephews, and grandniece. Ruthann was compassionate and selfless.
She is preceded in death by her husband, David and parents, Orrin and Angeline Nord. Ruthann is survived by her sons, Karl and Eugene “EJ” (Trina); grandchildren, Lexi and Tanner; brother, Peter (Janet) Nord; two nephews, Alec Nord and Lucas (Bonnie) Nord; and grandniece, Zoey. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Walk On Therapeutic Riding, American Cancer Society, or Luther Memorial Lutheran Church. In honor of Ruthann, please dress casually and wear bright orange.
A Funeral Service was held on Saturday, August 26, 2023 at 11:00AM at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church (420 S 4th St) in River Falls with a visitation starting at 9:30AM. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery. The service will be livestreamed via a link below this obituary. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch the recording of Ruthann’s service.


  • Dori Posted August 22, 2023 12:42 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. Ruthann was a beautiful person inside and out. She will be missed. Condolences to the family.

    • Dixie Johnson Posted August 22, 2023 9:22 pm

      My condolences to the family. I remember Ruthann from church and was in high school with her children.

  • Bonnie Dee Mosher Posted August 22, 2023 4:00 pm

    Ruthann, always received everyone with open arms. She will be missed by many & she will be missed by me as well. My hopes are you’re with in the arms of our father. Love you Cousin.

  • Scott Hartenstein Posted August 23, 2023 6:10 pm

    I didn’t know Ruthann, but Karl was a great neighbor, and I’m sorry for his loss.

  • Connie Posted August 24, 2023 10:03 am

    Condolences to Ruthann’s family. I remember Ruthann as a living, giving of self woman who loved life! While working out at Curves, Ruthann exhibited her love for physical exercise; she shared her love for family and friends and animals. She didn’t just talk about her passions, she walked the talk I miss Ruthann.

  • Linda Potton Posted August 24, 2023 10:28 am

    Karl and EJ…hugs and love to you as you grieve the loss of your mom. Her smile and laugh was infectious, catching.

  • Kathy Svoboda Posted August 25, 2023 9:16 am

    So sorry to read of Ruthann’s passing. She was a kind and gracious lady. I will always remember her smile and conversations. Sending condolences to her boys and family.

  • Pauly Cudd Posted August 25, 2023 8:42 pm

    Sorry for your loss. God’s Peace

  • Penny Keith Posted August 25, 2023 9:37 pm

    Such a kind and gentle soul! God’s peace!

  • Roxi Buck Posted August 26, 2023 7:33 am

    Ruth Ann was a very special lady, I still feel her hugs and will always remember her smile and kindness

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