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Ruth Hass, 86

Ruth Marie Ernestine Hass, 86, died March 21, 2009 at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria after a battle with pneumonia.

Ruth was born September 11, 1922 on the family farm in Leaf Valley Township. She was the first child of six born to Henry and Sophia (Woessner) Wussow. She was baptized on October 8, 1922 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Leaf Valley by Pastor Kleweno. On July 5, 1936 she was confirmed at Ebenezer Lutheran Church by Pastor H.L. Sprengler. She attended country school at District 23 in Ida Township.

Ruth was united in marriage to Loren Hass at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Leaf Valley on October 22, 1944 by Pastor H.L. Sprengler. They had three daughters; and one infant son who died at childbirth. She and Loren farmed in Leaf Valley for five years and then moved to Garfield. After living in their home 56 years, Ruth moved to assisted living in Alexandria for the last two years.

After Ruth's daughters were in school, she got a job candling eggs in Garfield. She later started work at Bellanca Aircraft in Alexandria. In 1963, she started working at Herberger's, retiring in 1993 after 30 years of service. Ruth enjoyed baking and was especially known for tasty homemade buns, pecan tassies, chocolate chip cookies and chicken noodle soup.

Ruth was especially talented at sewing, in particular, clothes for her daughters. She enjoyed going once a month to a neighborhood sewing club. Quilting provided countless hours of enjoyment for her. Family and friends alike were given these wonderful gifts. She especially enjoyed getting together with the ladies at church and making quilts for missions. Ruth had a special ability for crocheting. She made afghans for all her kids and grandchildren, including making baby afghans for the great-grandchildren. Another favorite leisure activity was playing piano, violin and guitar. Gardening, canning and flowers were all favorite pastimes. The family has many fond memories of spending their summers at the lake cabin on Lake Miltona.

When Loren and Ruth moved to Garfield, they became members of St. John's Lutheran Church. Ruth was a member of St. John's ladies aid and circle. She was also a member of LWML. For many years, she was a member of the Garfield Firemen's Auxiliary and she helped clean many pounds of smelt! Ruth was a leader in the Chippewa Farms 4-H club that her girls belonged to.

Ruth is survived by her daughters, Karen (Larry) Noetzelman of Alexandria and Patricia (Roger) Dittberner of Leaf Valley; son-in-law, Lynn (Sheila) Schulz of Morris; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Naomi (Sam) Gargaro; brothers, Norman Wussow, Kenneth (LaVern) Wussow; sisters-in-law, Donna Wussow and Dorothy Schulz; brother-in-law, Alfred Kloehn; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Loren Hass in 1994; daughter, Diane Schulz in 2000; and infant son, Edward Hass in 1952.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, March 28 at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Garfield with the Rev. Shawn Etheridge officiating. Kristi Wussow and Steve Froemming will provide music. Interment will follow at Ebenezer Lutheran Cemetery in Leaf Valley. Casket bearers include Brian Noetzelman, Scott Schulz, Trevor Dittberner, Brad Noetzelman, Scott Persoon, Kevin Karger, Paul Chermak and Derek Schauls. Honorary casket bearers include all of Ruth's grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria;