RUTH MILDRED McCLURE, age 90, of Marshall, formerly of Luverne, died Monday, November 25, 2019, at her home in Marshall. She was born February 25, 1929, in Rock County, to Roy and Florence (Pieper) Gonnerman. Ruth was baptized at St. John Lutheran Church, in Luverne on August 18, 1935. She was confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church on June 24, 1944. She graduated from Luverne High School in 1947.
Ruth married Arlyn McClure on September 4, 1949, at St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne. Ruth worked as a check out person for Counsel Oak Store until she started working for the Rock County Bank. She stayed home and raised her children until 1960, when she went back to work for the Rock County/Minnwest Bank. Ruth later worked for Rock County Oil until she retired. She worked part-time at school with the lunch program and later at JC Penny until it closed.
She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church where she served as a greeter, helped with the monthly newsletter and counted monthly offerings. She enjoyed volunteering for R.S.V.P. was a member of the Pink Ladies and the Red Hats. She also enjoyed playing cards, embroidering dish towels which she would give as gifts.
Ruth is survived by three children, Jeff McClure, Brandon, SD; Arla (Buz) Cousins, Marshall; and Sandra (Greg) Johnson, Luverne; eight grandchildren, Nicole (Chris) Miner, Erin (Casey) Helbling, Tanner (Cassie) McClure, Jessica (Terry) Vandrovec, Monica Cousins, Amanda (Brent) Pederson, Heath Wallenberg, and Jeremy (Tara) Wallenberg; twenty four great- grandchildren, Nathan, Micah, Addison, Lily, Dylan, Alexus, Shayla, Ryley, Emmalee, Jacob, Justin, Carson, Maxwell, Emerson, Blake, Miles, Sidney, Mya, Kailey, Taylor, Ty, Mateja, Sveja, Scyon, Ali and Gage; brother, Marvin (Margaret) Gonnerman, Luverne; and a sister-in-law, Margie Anderson, Moorhead.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arlyn on September 27, 2016; a grandson Christopher; granddaughter Angela; a great-granddaughter, Breley; two brothers, LeRoy and Doug Gonnerman; two sisters, Marlis Kleinke and Dorothy Koens; daughter-in-law, Barb McClure.
Visitation will be from 4-7 pm Monday at the Dingmann Funeral Home in Luverne; and one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Funeral will be 10 am Tuesday at St. John Lutheran Church, in Luverne, officiated by Pastor Gary Klatt. Burial will be in the Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.
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