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Ruth Wilebski, 97

Ruth Wilebski, 97, of Lancaster, Minnesota passed away early Tuesday
morning, January 3rd, 2012 at Kittson Memorial Healthcare Center in
Hallock, Minnesota.  Ruth Celia Norland Wilebski was born March 10,
1914 at the home of her maternal grandparents, Sam and Christine
(Dahlman) Omundson in Granville Township.  She was the oldest
daughter of Otto Ferdinand and Clara (Omundson) Norland.  Ruth lived
in and around Lancaster for the majority of her life.  She graduated
from Lancaster High School in 1933.  On May 28, 1938 she married
William Harold Wilebski in Lake Bronson.  She worked at various
places in town, among them the Post Office, Smith’s Store, Liquor
Store, Hardware Hank and the Co-op Station.  William passed away in
January 1988.  Ruth continued to live in their large house at the end
of Central Avenue in Lancaster.  Eventually she moved into Lancaster
Homes where she resided for several years.  In the fall of 2010 she
relocated to the Kittson County Heathcare facility.  Ruth was a
member of the Mission Covenant Church.  She was noted for her
cheerful disposition and genuine interest in other people.  Ruth
loved to cook, bake, sew, embroider, paint, garden, play cards and
games like bingo and dice, read and stay informed about world and
local events.  Although her loyalty to the Minnesota Twins was tested
over the decades, she remained a fan and very often got to bed well
after a sensible hour.  Ruth belonged to the Bowling League in Lake
Bronson. She served on several boards including, Northwest Community
Action and Lancaster Senior Housing. Ruth was also a Cub Scout and
Boy Scout  leader, a member of Tops and was a sponsor of the
Community of Lancaster Education Group.  But her passion was for her
children, grandchildren and their offspring.  Her words of wisdom
were always sought out.
    Ruth is survived by her three children, Maureen (Richard) Nicholson,
Lancaster, Karen (James) Muir, Fergus Falls, MN, Fred Wilebski,
Minneapolis, MN; 7 grandchildren, Colleen (Tim) Toebe, Crystal (Greg)
Peterson, Lucinda (Mike) Hanson, John Muir, Christian (Tracy) Muir,
Joelle (Keith) Klegstad and Chad Muir; 11 great grandchildren and 3
great great grandchildren; a brother, Jerome (Sandra) Norland;
brothers-in-law, Madison Chisum, Paul Rootkie and Edmund Velaski;
sisters-in-law, Gertrude Rootkie, Susan Wilebski, Lois Velaski and
Mary Helen Velaski and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded
in death by her parents;  husband, sisters, Norma, Ardyce, Onley and
an infant girl Norland, Donna Chisum, brother, Orielle Norland;
brothers and sisters-in-law, Al and Antonia (Wilebski-Wilhardt)
Florey, Lawrence and Mary (Wilebski) Jerome, Frank and Priscilla
Wilebski, William and Ella (Wilebski) Antoski, John and Jenny
(Wilebski) Michalec, Joseph and Victoria Wilebski II, Walter and
Lilly Wilebski, Theodore and Elizabeth Wilebski, Thomas Wilebski,
Roman and Sylvia Wilebski, Raymond Velaski, William and Mary Lou
Velaski, John Velaski, Dorothy Velaski, Robert and Claire Valeski,
Eleanor Norland; and great grandchildren, Tammy Wightman and Tyler
    Funeral  services are scheduled for Saturday, January 7th, 2012 at
10:00 a.m. in the Lancaster Covenant Church, Lancaster, MN.
Interment will be in Riverview Memorial Garden Cemetery, Lancaster.
Rev. Galen Nordin and Pastor Kathy Levenhagen, presiding; Lyndon
Johnson and Erik Finney, soloists; Janelle Hostrup, organist.
Honorary casket bearers will be all those in attendance and casket
bearers will be family members.  Visitation will be held at the
Austin Funeral Home in Hallock on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. with a
prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

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