Ruth Henrietta Wunsch
June 29, 1926 - October 27, 2017
ALLISON| Funeral Services for Ruth H. Wunsch, 91, formerly of Greene, will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 2, 2017, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene with Pastor Daniel Flucke officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Greene.
Visitation will be from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Ruth Henrietta Folkerts was born, June 29, 1926, and raised on the family farm in Bristow a daughter of Minno and Celia (Jepsen) Folkerts and passed away Friday, October 27, 2017, at the Rehabilitation Center of Allison in Allison.
Ruth graduated from Bristow High School in 1944. She attended La James Beauty School and worked for Dorothy's Beauty Shop in Greene for many years.
Ruth saw Walter Wunsch across the room at school and told her girlfriends “that's the man I'm going to marry”. Ruth married Walter at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa, on October 6, 1946. They made their home in Greene. This union was blessed with five children.
Ruth was baptized on June 19, 1927, at the United Brethren Church in Bristow and was confirmed on March 23, 1941, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene. Ruth was an active member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, where she served as a member of the Altar Guild, on the WELCA committee, and sang in the choir. Ruth made sure her children grew up with a firm Christian foundation which included Sunday school and church on a weekly basis.
Ruth was a homemaker in every sense of the word. She loved her family and devoted her life to caring for them. She made home cooked meals, homemade bread and sweet rolls, sewed and did repair work, cared for the home and much more. She loved spending time with family and friends, travel and playing golf. She was proud to make a teddy bear for each grandchild on their first birthday and a Raggedy Ann or Andy doll on their second. These acts of love and devotion are cherished to this day. Ruth was a soft spoken woman of few words. When she spoke it was with purpose and meaning and everyone listened. She walked in grace and with humility and commitment.
Ruth is survived by her children Linda Foster (Lloyd) Nooksack, WA; Steve Wunsch, Ida Grove, IA; Kenny (Jody) Wunsch, Marshalltown, IA; Randy (Kelly) Wunsch, Garner, IA; Carol (Keith) Kinnaird, Redmond, WA; twelve grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Hewitt, Allison, IA; one brother-in-law Claire ‘Skip' Merfeld, Sun City, AZ.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Walter in 2002; her parents; one sister, Alice Merfeld.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the family, P.O. Box 219, Greene, Iowa 50636.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Retz Funeral Home, 519 N. First St. Greene. 641-823-4457. www.retzfh.com