Ruth AldermanRuth Alderman, age 97, of Valley City, ND and formerly of Wimbledon, ND died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 at the Sheyenne Care Center in Valley City. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 PM Saturday, January 7, 2012 at the Lerud-Schuldt Funeral Home in Valley City. Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Saturday. Interment will be in Prairie View Cemetery at Wimbledon, ND later in the spring.
Ruth Alderman, age 97, of Valley City, ND and formerly of Wimbledon, ND died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 at the Sheyenne Care Center in Valley City. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 PM Saturday, January 7, 2012 at the Lerud-Schuldt Funeral Home in Valley City. Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Saturday. Interment will be in Prairie View Cemetery at Wimbledon, ND later in the spring.
Ruth Evelyn Kuhlmann was born on March 5, 1914, in Wimbledon, North Dakota, to John and Maggie (Christ) Kuhlmann. She attended all 12 years of school at Uxbridge Consolidated School graduating as valedictorian of her class in 1931. She attended one year of college at Valley City State Teachers College. She often said the highlight of her college experience was walking across the Highline Bridge! As a young woman, Ruth taught piano lessons and sang in church choir with Peggy Lee during the time she lived in Wimbledon.
On Thanksgiving Day 1937, Ruth married John Alderman. Ruth and John farmed southwest of Leal until retiring in 1981. In addition to farming, Ruth worked at the State Hospital in Jamestown as a nursing assistant from 1966 until 1979.
Ruth and John had two children, Glenice and Alvin. John died in 1991 and Ruth continued to alone live on the farm until 1998, at which time she moved into Bridgeview Estates Assisted Living Center in Valley City. She loved her 13 years at Bridgeview and made many close friends while living there. As a widow she went on several bus tours with longtime friend, Eleanor Martinson. She entered Sheyenne Care Center in December 2010.
Ruth was a lifetime member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wimbledon, sang in the choir, belonged to LWML, and was active in Homemakers and Senior Citizens Club. She was an excellent seamstress and sewed most of her own clothing. She especially enjoyed crocheting and quilting and won many blue ribbons throughout the years at the ND Winter Show. She was an avid reader of historical fiction, especially stories of pioneer life and early settlers in North Dakota. Another passion was gardening and growing flowers. Even when she lived in assisted living, she grew flowers and tomatoes on her patio and continued to bake apple pies from apples grown on her farm.
A lifelong dream came true for Ruth at age 91 when she went on a two-week cruise to Alaska. On the cruise ship, she had a room with a veranda so she could get a close view of the glaciers.
Ruth enjoyed the great outdoors and loved everything about nature. She enjoyed several years of camping with her daughter and son-in-law.
Ruth was a quiet lady with a very strong faith. She always believed that things happened for a reason and often said, “God will take care of it.”
Ruth died peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, January 4, 2012, at Sheyenne Care Center in Valley City. She had nothing but the highest praise for her caregivers there.
Survivors include daughter Glenice (Don) Carlson, Horace, ND, son Alvin (Karen) Alderman, Wimbledon, grandchildren Tom (Tina) Alderman, Bryan Carlson (Heather Vigen), and Brenda (Dan) Sweeney. She also has seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
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