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August 8, 1926 – Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Service Information
Our Father’s in Rockford, MN and Balfour
July 18 and July 20

Visitation Information

Ruth (Stromme) Thovson, age 82 of Rockford, died Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital with her loving family at her side.

Ruth was born on August 8, 1926 in McClusky, North Dakota to Emanuel and Mary (nee Heath) Rust. Ruth was raised in the Minot/Kief ND area by her mother and step-father, Kenneth Jensen. For many years she owned and operated “Ruth’s Flower Pot” floral shop and greenhouse in Kief. On June 4, 1944 Ruth married Mike Hoffer, Jr. and in 1958 they divorced. On September 15, 1967 she married Carl Stromme who died on December 31, 1980. On April 17, 1993 Ruth married Lester Thovson at Westwood Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park and moved to Rockford.
Ruth is survived by husband, Lester; daughter, Caroline Mae (Robert M.) Overstreet, Hernando, Mississippi; son Terry Lee Hoffer, Travelers Rest, South Carolina; step children: Colleen (Gary) Kocemba, Plymouth, Cynthia (Mark) Casper, Coon Rapids, Bruce (Carol) Thovson, Crystal, and Gregory (Laura) Thovson, Eagan; sister, Annie Volochenko, Kief, ND; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband, Carl; and sister, Lucille Volson.

The Minnesota Funeral will be 11:00 Saturday, July 18 at Our Father’s Lutheran Church in Rockford, Minnesota with Reverend Jon Rhodes officiating. Visitation is Friday 5-8 at The Peterson Chapel – Buffalo Funeral Home and resumes at church, one hour before the funeral. The North Dakota Funeral Service will be 11:00 Monday, July 20 at Balfour Lutheran Church in Balfour, North Dakota with Reverend Curt Medalen officiating. There will be special music provided by: Cory Blotter and Lon Falcon. The Casket Bearers will be: Brian Cox, Cody Blotter, Tanner Volson, Sawyer Falcon, Joe Volochenko, and Mike Robbinson. The Burial is at Kief Community Cemetery in Kief, North Dakota.

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