Funeral services celebrating the life of Elsie Mae (Mrs. Stewart) Ruwersma, age 64, of Lester Prairie, took place Tuesday, July 21 at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. Elsie died Thursday, July 16, 2009, at the Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.
Elsie was born Oct. 28, 1944, in Valparaiso, IN, the daughter of Arthur and Mildred (Monroe) Harrell. She was baptized and confirmed at the First Christian Church in Valparaiso.
Elsie was united in marriage with Stewart Ruwersma April 27, 1968, in Valparaiso. The couple lived in Indiana until moving to Minnesota, where they spent 1969 through 1989 in the Montrose and Sebeka area.
They then returned to Indiana until moving to Winsted in 1999, and for the last six years, have lived in Lester Prairie.
Elsie was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie.
She enjoyed crocheting, and shared many of her creations with others. Elsie also had a great interest in computers and the Internet, and she cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren.
Elsie was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Phyllis.
She is survived by her husband, Stewart Ruwersma; children Nancy Jones (husband Jeffrey) of Walterboro, SC, and Stewart Ruwersma (wife Jennie) of Lester Prairie; grandchildren Aaron, Evan, Alex, Michael, and Andrew Ruwersma; sister and brothers, Norma Jankowski (husband Ray) of Valparaiso, IN, Roy Harrell (wife Louise) of Taylor, MI, Ross Harrell (wife Kay) of Valparaiso, IN, Wayne Harrell (wife Mary) of Hawarden, IA, and Roger Harrell of Cody, WY; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, John Ruwersma of Knox, IN, Catherine Easton, Harmon Ruwersma (wife Ada), all of Valparaiso, IN, Ruth Dye of Montrose, and Mary Mace of Ligonier, IN; as well as many other relatives and friends.
The Rev. Eric Nelson officiated at the funeral service. The organist was Marsha Christianson. Soloist Mary Harrell sang “The Old Rugged Cross.” The congregational hymns were “On Eagle’s Wings” and “Amazing Grace.” Interment was in the church cemetery.
Visitation was Monday evening, July 20 at the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie.
Serving as casket bearers were Aaron Ruwersma, Evan Ruwersma, Donald First, Daniel First, William Hansen and James Dye.
The Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie handled the arrangements. For online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralchapels.com.