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June 5, 1928 – Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Service Information
Association of Free Lutheran, Plymouth, MN
Friday, August 23, 2013
10:30 AM

Visitation Information
The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo, MN
Thursday, August 22, 2013
5-8 PM

Gladys Mildred Ruter, 85, died peacefully at her home in Hanover on August 21st. She battled colon cancer for the last five years. Gladys is survived by her sister, Marilyn, and her children: Kathy Septon-Johnson (Rick), Mark (Kandy), Lynn Tiemann (Mark), and Paul (Dee); 22 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Gladys was born in Minneapolis on June 5, 1928 to Swedish parents, Robert and Hulda (Sandquist) Kronberg. She was the sixth of seven children.

Gladys graduated from North High School in 1946 and worked for AT&T for 9 years. When she was 43, she graduated from Minneapolis School of Practical Nursing.

On February 3, 1951, Gladys wed Martin Ruter and they were married for sixty years until he died in 2011. They had four children. In 1959, the family moved to a farm in Hanover, where Gladys spent the rest of her life.

Throughout her life, Gladys enjoyed reading, cooking, gardening, grandchildren and always learning. Until she was 84, she drove to Northeast Bible Chapel in Minneapolis twice a month to attend a ladies’ Bible study. She would drive out of her way to pick up friends so they could come to the Bible study too. Gladys was a born-again Christian and loved her Savior, Jesus Christ. She faithfully attended Plymouth Bible Chapel in Plymouth for over fifty years and was well loved by everyone in the church.

Funeral services for Gladys Ruter were held on Friday, August 23rd, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. at Association of Free Lutheran, at 3110 East Medicine Lake Blvd, in Plymouth. The services were conducted by family members Rick Johnson and Mark Tiemann. All Gladys’ children shared about their mom at the funeral, as well as eight others. Mark Tiemann presented a clear Gospel message. Rick Johnson and Jason Tiemann sang a duet, “No Night There.” Mary Londborg played the violin, and Michael DeVowe, the piano.

Gladys was loved by her family and community and will be missed very much.

Interment was held on Saturday, August 24th at 3:00 P.M. at the Hanover Village Cemetery.

A visitation was held on Thursday, August 22nd from 5-8 P.M. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Further visitiaton was held on Friday morning, August 23rd at the church from 9:30-10:30 A.M.

Casket Bearers were grandsons Grant Ruter, Nathan Ruter, Timothy Ruter, Benjamin Ruter, Wade Tiemann and John Tiemann.

The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home served the family. Online condolences may be made to

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