Ruth Farnum

NEW ULM – Ruth Farnum, 91, of New Ulm died Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at the Belle Plaine Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine.

Funeral service will be 11 AM Monday, December 16, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Pastor Jeffrey Bovee officiating. Burial will be Tuesday, December 17, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis with full military honors.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the time of service at church on Monday.

The Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm is handling the arrangements.

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Ruth is survived by her daughter, Lynette (Leon) Hopp of Lafayette; a son, Glen Farnum of Titusville, Florida; grandchildren, Nicole (Tony) Fix, Eric (Becky) Hopp, Tina Hopp, Aaron (Christina) Hopp, Samuel Farnum; great grandchildren, Gannon, Hudson and Sutton Fix, Kira and Brady Hopp, Charlotte Robeck and Jayda Fosse; sisters, Joyce (Norman) Boyum of Northfield, Ida (Walt) Zanmiller of Colorado Springs.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Emery in June, 1995; two sisters in infancy; and by her brothers, Thomas, Milton, Orin, Glen and Orville.

Ruth Eleanor Peterson was born February 17, 1922 in Northfield to Thomas and Alice (Larson) Peterson. She was a 1940 graduate of Randolph High School and a 1942 graduate of Minneapolis Business College. Ruth enlisted in the United States Navy and served as a Wave from 1943 to 1945 and as an assistant to Admiral King in Washington DC. She was united in marriage to Emery Farnum on December 31, 1943 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Northfield. After honorably serving their country, Ruth and Emery lived in Northfield, Owatonna and Austin. Ruth was a “welcome wagon hostess” wherever she lived and was employed at Nordin Optometry in Austin for 18 years until her retirement. She moved to New Ulm in 1996 after her husband’s death.

Ruth was a member of the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm and a charter member of Faith Lutheran Church in Austin where she taught Sunday School for many years.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School, St. John’s Lutheran Church and Bethany Lutheran College.

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