Ruth Sophia Esther Stender Garnatz
Ruth Sophia Esther Stender Garnatz, 87, of Lanesboro, Minn., died on Feb. 1, 2017, at Park Lane Estates in Preston.
Ruth was born June 21, 1929, to August and Eldora (Horstman) Stender on a farm in Spring Valley Township Fillmore County, Minn. Ruth attended LPN nursing school and worked as an upholsterer with her husband for many years. She married Dallas Garnatz on Sept. 16, 1950, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Wykoff.
She was a council member at Union Prairie Lutheran church and active in many of the ladies groups. She enjoyed camping, playing cards, crocheting, quilting, and spending time with her family.
Ruth is lovingly remembered by her son, Gary (Faith) Garnatz, of Superior; daughter in laws, Jackie Garnatz of Spring Valley, and Jan Garnatz of Eagan; and siblings, Paul (Bernice) Stender of Blooming Prairie, Minn., Irwin Stender of Elkhart, Ind., and Mary Miller of Eyota, Minn. Nine grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends also survive.
Ruth is preceded in death by her husband, Dallas, and sons, Roger and Myron.
Visitation: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4th at Johnson-Riley Funeral Home in Lanesboro and continue one hour prior to the 1:30 p.m. funeral service Sunday, Feb. 5th at Union Prairie Lutheran Church, 31872 MN-16, Lanesboro, Minn. 55949, in Lanesboro with Rev. Dean Safe officiating. The committal service will be in the Lanesboro Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are preferred to Union Prairie Lutheran Church.
Johnson-Riley Funeral Home in Lanesboro, Minnesota is assisting the family with arrangements. Share condolences with the family at rileyfuneralhomes.com