Ruth “Tudy” Wels

NEW ULM – Ruth “Tudy” Wels, 87, of New Ulm, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, April 13 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Pastor Timothy Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm and will continue for one hour prior to the time of the service at the church on Saturday. To sign the guest book or to leave an online condolence for her family go to

Ruth is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Marilyn and Ted Roach of St. Paul, Janet and Grant Barthel of Shirley, Wis., Diane and Dennis Woods of New Ulm; son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Faith Wels of New Ulm; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Della and Derold Braun of Mankato, Lorna and Bill Starke of Saginaw, Mich.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Marv and Vicky Ulrich of Burnsville, Jack Ulrich of Beaver Dam, Wis., Lorraine Wels of New Ulm, and Irma Ulrich of North Oaks.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Marvin; sisters, Lillian Ulrich, Hilda Kurth, Lorraine Werner; and brother, Erwin Ulrich.

Ruth Minnie Ulrich was born Oct. 4, 1925 in New Ulm to John and Emma (Tepe) Ulrich. She attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Grade School and graduated from Dr. Marin Luther High School in 1942 and then completed a year of business school in Mankato. On July 28, 1945 Ruth was united in marriage to Marvin Wels in Washington, D.C., where Marv was serving in the US Navy. Ruth and Marvin moved to New Ulm where she worked as a secretary at his business, Marv’s Electric Service, for many years. She loved knitting, flower gardening, walks with Marvin, painting, making pottery, keeping a clean house, fishing, cooking, and bird watching. She was very social and loved spending time with her friends and family. Ruth was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm her entire life and was baptized and confirmed there. She also volunteered at St. Paul’s with the Ladies Aid, was a money counter for over 25 years, and held many other volunteer positions at the church and school. She was also a member of the Home Extension and enjoyed meeting with her sewing club friends for over 50 years. Ruth’s family extends special thanks to the staff of the Sleepy Eye Care Center, Oak Hills Living Center, and the New Ulm Medical Center Hospice for their special care. Memorials are preferred to MVL or St. Paul’s School.

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