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Ruth Arlene (Christensen) (Speiser) Grover, born on August 13, 1922, in Motley, MN, to Allie and Amanda (Johannsen) Christensen, passed away peacefully on May 25, 2024, at the age of 101.
Ruth attended Motley High School, graduating with the class of 1939, and then pursued business classes at Brainerd Junior College. In 1942, she married Henry Speiser before he left to serve in World War II. During the war, Ruth worked at Lockheed in California, managing the canteen. Upon Henry’s return, they settled in Lino Lakes, MN, where they built their home and raised two children.
Ruth’s working career spanned several decades, and she held various jobs and titles. She was a secretary at GTA, then known as Farmer’s Union, and later Cenex Harvest States. She rose to the position of assistant director of personnel, showcasing her dedication and work ethic.
After Henry’s passing in 1986, Ruth found companionship again with Richard Grover, whom she married in 1992. They moved to Wisconsin, where they enjoyed many happy years together until Richard’s passing in 2023. Following his death, Ruth relocated to Buffalo, MN, to be closer to family, remarkably maintaining her independence at 100 years old.
Ruth had a passion for music, often playing the piano and organ at her church. She was an avid reader and enjoyed scrabble, crossword puzzles and card games. She was an active member of her bowling league well into her 80s and was a lifetime member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Her love for travel took her to all fifty states, Australia, the Caribbean, and several countries in Europe. She also spent many winters in Texas, escaping the cold Wisconsin weather.
Known for her warm presence and keen listening skills, Ruth cherished conversations and the company of others. Her kindness and spirit will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
She is preceded in death by her husbands, Henry Speiser and Richard Grover; eight siblings; and granddaughter, Kari Janz.
Survived by her son, Dennis (Darlene) Speiser and Melanie (Dale) Janz; grandchildren, Becky Wiehoff, Michelle (James) Simmons, Amanda (BJ) Bates; great-grandchildren, Miller Bates, Taylor, and Tristan Wiehoff and Brody and Harper Simmons; sister-in-law, Delores “Pooch” Olson; godchildren, Sue Prouty and Patricia Moga; and many other relatives and friends.
Memorial service will be held Friday, June 21, 2024 at 11:00 AM at The Peterson Chapel, 119 Central Avenue, Buffalo, MN. Visitation will begin 15 minutes prior to the service. Lunch to follow 12-2 PM at Bison Creek Bar and Dining Event Center (Huikko’s Bowling & Entertainment Center 1207 Hwy 25N, Buffalo, MN.)
Private inurnment will be held at a later date at the Northern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, Wisconsin.

2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Patricia Moga

    My wonderful Godmother. Always smiling and ready to help. A wise and wonderful woman, a role model, a very caring person to whom you could talk to about anything. I’ll miss her so much. I was lucky enough to see her a week or so before she passed, along with a cousin and niece, when we celebrated Godmother day with her. She looked a little surprised that there was such a holiday, but she humored us with our celebration. She led a remarkable life. May she rest in peace. Love you.

  2. Boyd Aarestad Laura Maginnis

    Our condolences to the family on Ruth’s home-going. Ruth and Dick were such devoted parishioners at Barronett Lutheran Church, hardly missing a Sunday. We enjoyed celebrating Ruth’s special 100th birthday, amazed by her strength and spirit.. We miss them both, but take great comfort in knowing they are both born again in God’s glory.


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