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Ruby Rosella Melcher

Ruby Rosella Melcher, age 79, of Rockford, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place today, Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church of Corcoran, with visitation for one hour prior to the Mass at the church. Interment will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Corcoran.

Visitation also took place Sunday, Dec. 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Ruby was born Sept. 9, 1928, in Minneapolis, the daughter of Anker and Esther (Blom) Christensen.

She will be sadly missed and proudly remembered by three generations of family and friends.

Ruby was preceded in death by husbands Gary Melcher and Don Johnson; parents Anker and Esther Christensen; and a sister, Ellen Gullickson.

She is survived by her loving children: David Johnson of Bloomington, Roxane Kuehn of Rockford, Juliann (Mike) Johnson Buffalo, and Troy (Marie) Melcher; grandchildren Tricia (Gene) Gruber, Rachel (Ryan) Kuehn, Josh Kuehn, Jessica (Josh) Storz, Jenny (Ben) Patnode, Chris Blom, and Luke Blom; great-grandchildren Jake Gruber, Kacey Gruber, Baylie Gruber, and Taylor Storz; sister Lily Schermerhorn of Bloomington; nephews, nieces, and many good friends.

Arrangements were by the Peterson Chapel of Buffalo.