Ruth Ann Bauman, a lifelong resident of Delano, passed away Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at the age of 86, after a long-fought and courageous battle with Parkinson’s.
Ruth was united in marriage to Francis Bauman Aug. 25, 1951, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Francis; her parents, Leland and Reva (Pool) Sutton; sisters Marian Sutton and Betty (Sutton) Powers; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Vince Powers, Edward Clark, Bill Bauman, Mary and Art Boisvert, Jim Lundsten, Ralph and Dorothy Bauman, Lowell Berchtold, and Dick Merriman.
Ruth is survived by six children: Nancy (Lance) Wetter, Dick (Neta) Bauman, Joan (Alan) Zeltner, Patricia (Doug) Bruhn, Jim (Colleen) Bauman, and Jeff Bauman and friend, Lynn Castellano; 12 grandchildren: Erik (Robyn) Wetter, Kyle (Brenda) Bauman, Ryan (Molly) Wetter, Chad (Ashley) Bauman, Allison (Anthony) Hesano, Kelli (Mike) Wendland, Jacqueline (Benjamin) Gottlieb, Maxx Bauman, Madison Bauman, Matthew Zeltner, Cole Bauman, and Abagail Bauman; 17 great-grandchildren: Charlie, Olivia, Joey, Gordon, Drew, Avery, Louis, Jacob, Maya, James, Will, Mara, Daniel, Vin, Zoe, Maxwell, Reed; and was excited to know that yet another great-grandson is on the way.
In addition, Fern is survived by her sister, Leona Clark; and by her sisters-in law and brother-in-law, Ann Lundsten, Georgia Berchtold, Barb Merriman, Lucille and Jim Ronan, and Edie Moran; as well as many nieces and nephews and other loving relatives and friends.
As a compassionate matriarch, Ruth, alongside her husband Fran, provided a safe home to over 30 foster children over the years. Ruth was a generous and selfless caregiver, always thinking of others first, with a gentle smile on her face. She spent countless hours as a volunteer driver for the elderly, and children’s advocate for Wright County.
Ruth was also a member of the national Red Cross Disaster Team, providing aid to those in need when they needed it most. She held a position as the executive director of the Crow River Villa in Delano, and was instrumental in obtaining a major grant to renovate the facility.
Ruth had a passion for genealogy, and worked diligently tracing family roots. As an avid gardener, she could be found tending to her raspberries and flowers during the warmer months. She had a great sense of humor, turning misfortunes into humorous stories which she loved sharing with her family.
Upon retirement, Ruth and Fran became snowbirds, and enjoyed many winters traveling the US.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Tuesday, July 24 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano, followed by interment in Calvary Cemetery.
There was visitation Monday, July 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. in Martha’s Hall of St. Peter Catholic Church, with a rosary service at 3:30 p.m.; and continuing Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to Mass.
Arrangements were with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.