Ruth Ann (Ehrke) Lange, age 77, of Glencoe, passed away peacefully in her sleep from natural causes Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, at Grand Meadows Senior Living in Glencoe.
Ruth Ann was born Sept. 24, 1943, in Glencoe, the daughter of Maynard and Rosella (Gebhardt) Ehrke. Ruth was baptized as an infant Oct. 17, 1943, by Rev. A.F. Vomhof, and later confirmed in her faith as a youth March 25, 1956, by Rev. Wm. L. Erb, both at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. Her confirmation verse was Revelations 3:11.
Ruth received her education in Lester Prairie, graduating with the Lester Prairie High School class of 1960.
Ruth was united in marriage to Leonard Lange, June 27, 1964, by Rev. Wolfgang M. Webern at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. Ruth and Leonard made their home in Glencoe. Their marriage was blessed with three daughters, Amy, Lory, and Beth. Ruth and Leonard shared more than 56 years of marriage.
Ruth worked as a deputy city clerk for the City of Glencoe for 25 years, retiring in 2005.
She was an active member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helen Township, rural Glencoe. As her ministry to the church, she proudly served in the church choir and on the Ladies Aid, holding the positions of president, secretary, and treasurer.
Ruth also was the secretary for the Business and Professional Women, and vice president for the Glencoe Historic Preservation Society.
Ruth enjoyed gardening and staying active. Most days, you could find her tending to her flowers and going for walks.
Family was very important to her, and she treasured the time spent with them. She enjoyed playing games, and shared many laughs with her children and grandchildren.
Ruth loved connecting with people at Grand Meadows, Glen Fields, and anywhere she went. She enjoyed music, playing bingo, and other social activities that brought people together. She cherished time with family and friends, reminiscing about the special times they spent together.
Ruth Ann is survived by her husband, Leonard Lange of Glencoe; daughters, Amy Goetsch and husband, Michael, of Minnetonka, Lory Ratliff and husband, Mark, of Commerce Township, MI, Beth Wilson and husband, Scott, of Eatonton, GA; grandchildren, Alexa Goetsch, Sam Goetsch, Corrina Rotondo, Mikayla Ratliff, Brock Sommers, Kennedy Sommers, and Kailey Wilson; brothers, Stanley Ehrke and wife, Charlotte, of Lester Prairie, Glenn Ehrke and wife, Mary Jane, of Winsted; sisters, Judy Ehrke of Manning, SC, Marjorie Longstreet and husband, Steve, of Little Falls; sister-in-law, Sylvia Jungclaus of Glencoe; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Maynard and Rosella Ehrke; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Arnold and Esther Lange; brother-in-law, Melvin Jungclaus; sister-in-laws, JoAnn Lilienthal, and Evonne Mueller.
A private funeral service took place at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Helen Township, rural Glencoe, with interment in the church cemetery. The service was livestreamed Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. on the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church Facebook page.
A private memorial service will take place at Grand Meadows Senior Living in Glencoe for Ruth’s friends.
Pastor Adam Pilarski officiated, and Christy Ittel was the organist, with soloist Pastor Adam Pilarski. Casket bearers were sons-in-laws, Michael Goetsch, Mark Ratliff, Scott Wilson; and grandchildren, Alexa Goetsch, Sam Goetsch, Corrina Rotondo, Mikayla Ratliff, Brock Sommers, Kennedy Sommers, and Kailey Wilson.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations which will be directed in appreciation of the compassionate staff at Grand Meadows.
Arrangements are by the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. Online obituary and guest book available at www.mcbridechapel.com.