Kathleen M. Ruther, 86 of Petersburg, NE, passed away April 28, 2016 at Stanton Health Center in Stanton, NE.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Petersburg, NE with Fr. Stan Schmit officiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Monday at Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in Elgin with a 7:00 p.m. wake service. Huffman-Levander Funeral Home of Elgin, NE is in charge of arrangements.
Kathleen M. Ruther, the eighth child of nine born to Frank and Catherine (Heithoff) Roth, was born on December 8, 1929 in her parents’ home east of Elgin, NE. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE and attended both grade school and high school at St. Boniface Catholic School. She worked as a clerk at Faubels grocery and dry goods store in Elgin for the next five years.
On June 9, 1959 Kathleen married Bernard Lee Ruther at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin, NE. They made their home and raised their family in Petersburg, NE where she was a homemaker. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and Altar Society, the Thrifty Doers Extension Club and a member of American Legion Auxiliary Post #334 for over 50 years. She was active in the community in many ways, including as a Den Mother for the local Cub Scout group. In her younger years she enjoyed baking and decorating wedding cakes for many in the community.
Kathleen is survived by her two sons Zane of Norfolk, NE and Tom of Cedar Rapids, IA. She has five grandchildren. Jeff, Candice, Sheena, Austyn Joy and Brady; along with several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bernard; five brothers: Roman, Albert, Arthur, Orlandis and Jerome Roth; three sisters: Sr. Gladys Roth, Leora Dinslage and Juliann Roth.