Ruth Birkholz

NEW?ULM – Ruth Birkholz, 93, of New Ulm, died Sunday, July 27, 2014 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 30, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Pastor Jeffrey Bovee officiating. Burial will follow in the Lutheran Cemetery in New Ulm.

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

Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm is handling the arrangements. To leave an online condolence for her family or to sign the guestbook go to

Ruth is survived by a daughter, Miriam (Dale) Borth of Fairfax; a son, Gregg (Sheryl) Birkholz of Watertown, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Ashley (Adam) Geisenhof, Jenna Borth, Hunter Borth, Logan Birkholz, Kaitlin Birkholz, Kalies Birkholz, and Levi Birkholz; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Gwen Puestow of West Bend, Wisconsin and Mike and Thelma Schaefer of Aurora, Colorado; and by several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard; a son, Brent; a brother, Charles; and sisters Valborg and Solveig.

Ruth Siljan, the daughter of Hans and Selma (Pladson) Siljan was born on March 2, 1921 in Watertown, South Dakota. She graduated from high school in Madison, Minnesota. After graduation Ruth attended the School of Business in Minneapolis. On June 20, 1948 she was united in marriage to Reverend Howard Birkholz at the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Redwood Falls. They moved to New Ulm in August of 1948 where Howard accepted a Professorship at Dr. Martin Luther High School and College. Ruth was a charter member of St. John’s Lutheran church in New Ulm in 1948 and a charter member of the ladies aid at church in 1949.

Ruth worked at St. John’s as the church secretary starting in August of 1981 and worked there for over thirty years.

Ruth loved to spend time playing cards with her grandchildren and socializing with family and friends.

The family prefers memorials to the St. John’s Lutheran Church, Martin Luther College, or to MVL.

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