Ruth M. Schaefer

Ruth M. Schaefer

FAIRMONT — Services for Ruth M. Schaefer, 90, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont. A private family burial will be held at a later date in the spring.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the time of service from 10-11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at Lakeview Funeral Home. Ruth passed away Tuesday morning, Jan. 2, 2018, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont.

Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Ruth M. (Anderst) Schaefer was born Sept. 2, 1927, in Truman, Minn., the daughter of Carl and Alfrieda (Nase) Anderst. She attended school in Truman, Fairmont and Sherburn.

On Sept. 9, 1945, Ruth was united in marriage to Ervin Henry Schaefer at Grace Lutheran Church in Fairmont, Minn. Together the couple made their home in Fairmont and were blessed with four children, Thomas, Douglas, Barbara and Patricia.

Ruth worked for many years at Stokely-Van Camp and also worked at various cafés in town where she was known for her cooking.

Following her retirement on Oct. 15, 1981, Ruth and Ervin enjoyed spending the winter months in Zapata, Texas. Ruth was hard-working and took pride in keeping her home immaculate. She loved tending to her flowers and working in her garden.

Ruth had a wonderful sense of humor and found great joy in keeping people on their toes with her quick wit. She cherished spending time with her grandchildren and looked forward to days spent on the lake fishing with them. Christmas was a special time for Ruth and she treasured the many memories made throughout the years hosting the family Christmas.

Ruth was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Fairmont in addition to being a member of the Eagles Club #2204 and the Martin County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1222 Auxiliary.

Left to cherish her memory is her sons, Thomas Schaefer and his wife, Kathy, of Andover, Minn., Douglas Schaefer and his wife, Myrna, of Fairmont; daughters, Barbara Bennett of Mankato, Minn., and Patricia Morrison and her husband, Gary, of Albert Lea, Minn.; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Helen Behrens of Fairmont, Minn.; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Alfrieda Anderst; husband, Ervin Schaefer; four brothers; and in-laws.