Ruth E. Levasseur, age 91, passed away on April 24, 2014 at Lakewood Health Center. She was a sweet loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend. Ruth was born August 26, 1922 in Baudette, the youngest of 11 children born to Emanuel Frederick and Chloie Jane Knapp. She attended Hagen School and graduated from Baudette High School in 1941. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Ervin, her son Duane and all of her siblings. She is survived by her daughter Karen “Lynn” (Dean Helgeson), three granddaughters, Brenda Sue Wood (Park), Teresa Krause (Bill) and Kim Stolski (Jon) and six great grandchildren, Kayla and Sierra Wood, Allen Krause, and Will, Joe and Lauren Stolski. She also was “Gramma Ruth” to the children of Dawn and Steve Razidlo and Susie and Marc Rinke.
Ruth enjoyed gardening and cooking and made the best crab apple jelly and molasses cookies. For many years, she sewed baby blankets that were sent to children in need from First Lutheran Church, of which she was a member. She loved to be outdoors and spent many summer hours on the deck of her daughter’s cabin, with the family dogs at her feet, taking in the sights and sounds of life around her. When winter weather forced her inside, she loved to read, do crossword puzzles and help her son-in-law Dean with jigsaw puzzles. We were all so blessed to have her as our mom and grandma, and our family gatherings won’t be the same without her. Our many memories of her will be cherished forever.
Ruth met life’s challenges with grace and a quiet determination to enjoy her life despite her failing health. She knew what was best for her and did what she needed to do. In 2007, she moved to Parker ARC, but would go home in the summer months. After all, she had flowers to tend, jelly to make, birds to feed, and the neighbor’s cat was expecting her to come home so they could sit on her deck together. A special thanks to all who cared for her at the ARC. They became family and added joy to her days.
As we plant our gardens or flowers this spring, think of Ruth and all of the ways she touched your life through her kindness and her devotion to family. She will be deeply missed.
Our joy will be greater
Our love will be deeper
Our life will be fuller
Because we shared your moment
Funeral Services will be held at First Lutheran Church on Saturday, May 3rd at 2:30. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Memorials preferred to the American Heart Association or the Humane Society.