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Ruth (nee’ Isler) Diethelm passed away at her home on November 23, 2022. Ruth was born on March 16.1926 in Tobel, Switzerland. When Ruth was two years old her parents purchased a farm near Steckborn, Switzerland. She attended grade school and high school in Steckborn. She was confirmed at the Evangelical Reformed Church in Steckborn. After High school Ruth went to the French part of Switzerland working to immerse herself in the French language she had learned in school. She also spent a year in Holland on an agriculture exchange program. She later attended the Agricultural College in Areneberg, Switzerland where she studied home economics. She continued to live and work on the family farm.

Ruth became engaged to Oscar Diethelm on December 10, 1950. Oscar then immigrated to the United States. Ruth followed him there in January 1952. They were married on January 19, 1952 in the Methodist Church in Oconomowoc, WI. Later that year they moved to Seymour, WI where they ran a large dairy farm for a Green Bay doctor. During this time they had two boys, Rudy and Jost. They gave up farming in 1957, but continued to live in the Seymour area until 1963. Ruth and family then moved to rural Buffalo, MN. There Ruth created her flower and vegetable gardens which were her passion along with her family. She also enjoyed cooking and baking for family and friends. In 1966 Ruth began working for two families in St. Louis Park doing house cleaning two days a week. She retired in 1990. She continued her gardening and cooking until her death.  Ruth also traveled back to Switzerland to visit family and friends many times during these later years.

Ruth is survived by her sons Rudy (Mary) of St Michael and Jost (Luanne) of Buffalo, 6 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Paul Oscar Diethelm (d.2012); parents, Jacob & Martha (Herensberger) Isler; brother, Jacob Isler, sister-in-law, Anna Isler; nephew, Heinz Isler; brother-in-law, Fritz Siegenthaler and sister-in-law, Heidi Siegenthaler

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday November 30 at 11:00 AM with visitation one hour prior to the service all at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church-Pelican Lake located on Wright County Highway 35 between Buffalo and St Michael.

Officiating will be Pastor Christopher Oehlke

Interment will be in the church cemetery.

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Pixie and Tom

    Tom and I offer our condolences at the passing of Joe’s mom. What a blessing that you had her so close to you all her years. Heaven’s gardens will be even more glorious now!

  2. Jenni Weese

    We will miss seeing Ruth’s sweet smile in church & working outside as we drive by.
    When I see fresh raspberries, I’ll think of her ~ she was always making jam & sharing those berries . What a blessing she was to her family & friends . May she rest in peace.

  3. Dave Ahlm

    Thoughts and prayers Rudy, I remember being out at the house when we were in school. Just a note from an old friend. Condolences to you and Joe.

  4. Brian Elliott and Cindy VanLith

    Joe and Rudy,
    Our sincerest condolences to you and your families.

  5. Dan

    To the family.
    I didn’t really know Ruth but I still remember clearly a brief visit I had with her 15 years ago. I was a substitute mail carrier. It was a very cold January day. Ruth had a box of fruit which I took to the door. When I told her what it was she insisted that I come in while she opened it so she could give me a piece. I told her that wasn’t necessary but she insisted. So I stood in her kitchen for a few minutes while she opened the box. We had a very pleasant conversation for 5 minutes and then I went on my way. Her simple act of kindness still warms my heart!


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