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Ruth H. Achterkirch, 93

Ruth Harriet Achterkirch, age 93, of Cokato, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, at the Buffalo Hospital.

She was born June 23, 1918, in Aitkin, to Peter and Georgia Faith (Millard) Christensen.

Ruth grew up in Nashwak, then South Superior, and graduated from Aitkin High School in 1936.

She went on to Normal Teachers training in Brainerd, and taught in White Elk, Aitkin, and Pine City.

Ruth married Herbert Achterkirch Dec. 25, 1941, at her parents’ home. They were married by the Rev. Earnest Leadbetter, and made their first home in Pine City, then Floodwood, and moved to Cokato in 1956.

Ruth was secretary for her husband’s business, and also worked at Green Giant.

She enjoyed sewing and knitting, reading, and playing board games. She was also the family historian.

Ruth is survived by her sons, Peter (Lauren) of Wadena, and Stephen of Glencoe; grandchildren Lisa (Pat Delcourt) Uselman of Spring Lake Park, and her three children, Mikaela, Matthew and Zachary; and Allison (Chris Lundsford) Achterkirch of Minneapolis and her son, Novi; as well as nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Georgia Faith; her husband, Herbert; and a sister, Marjory Piller.

A memorial service took place Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 11 a.m. at Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.

Visitation was Monday, Aug. 29 from 5 to 8 p.m., also at the funeral home.

Arrangements were by Swanson Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.