Ruth Elaine Henze

On May 17, 2017

Ruth E. Henze, 97, of Heron Lake, MN, passed away on January 21, 2017 at the Sogge Good Samaritan Center in Windom. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 20th at the First United Methodist Church in Heron Lake at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Kathy Brandt officiating. Burial will be following the service at the Lakeside Cemetery in Heron Lake.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

Henze, RuthRuth Elaine Henze was born April 29, 1919, in Springfield Township, Cottonwood County, Minnesota, to John and Lena (Pratt) Carney.  Ruth attended the Red, White and Blue rural school, Heron Lake school, and Windom High School, graduating in 1936.  Subsequently, Ruth attended Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was united in marriage on September 10, 1938, to Harrie Wolverton. They had a daughter, Juanita. This marriage was later dissolved. On January 22, 1942, Ruth and William (Bill) Henze were married in Dakota City, Nebraska.  They lived in Minnesota and later in Indiana for a short time while Bill was employed by Hallet Construction. They then farmed near Windom, and the following year moved to Weimer Township in Jackson County. Their son, Daryl, was born after this move. Ruth and Bill lived in Weimer Township until 1962 when they moved to a farm in Alba Township, Jackson County, Minnesota. Bill passed away in 1974. After Bill’s passing, Ruth built a house in Heron Lake and lived there until June of 2009 when she moved to Michelson Manor of the Good Samaritan Society in Windom. She moved to the Sogge Home in January of 2017 and passed away, with her family by her side, on January 21 at the age of 97 years, 8 months, and 23 days.

Ruth was baptized and confirmed in the United Methodist Church in Heron Lake. She attended the churches in both Heron Lake and Okabena, depending upon where she was living. She was very active in the United Methodist Women and served for a time as the church treasurer. Ruth was known for her homemade pies and dinner rolls (buns), which she baked in her corncob oven (while on the farm near Heron Lake). She canned and froze vegetables grown in her huge gardens. She also sewed, making most of her daughter’s clothes. Playing scrabble with her mom, doing crossword puzzles, playing bridge and 500, bowling, and playing golf were some of her other activities, done for the most part after Bill’s passing. Ruth also did volunteer work; in addition to working at the church, delivering Meals on Wheels, and fixing hair at the Lakeview Nursing home, she was a member of the Heron Lake Senior Center, serving a term as president. She also was a part of a birthday club, a Monday-morning coffee group and a bowling league. Needless to say, as someone once stated, “No grass grows under her feet.”

Ruth’s happiest times were spent with family.  She especially enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren, and later, great-grandchildren. The kids loved riding the ferris wheel and rollercoaster, as well as other amusement park rides, with Grandma Ruth,  she was more than happy to ride time after time. Above all she was a very loving and caring mother who will be greatly missed.

Ruth is survived by her daughter, Juanita (Meddie) Quaintance of Rapid City, South Dakota, and her son, Daryl (Karyl) Henze of Urbandale, Iowa, 4 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren,  2 step-great-grandchildren, and 1 step-great-great grandchild.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill; and her brother, Jack Carney.

Blessed be the memory of Ruth Elaine Henze.

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  • Deepest sympathy to all of Ruth’s family. I am sorry but will not be able to attend services on Saturday but will be keeping you all in my thoughts & prayers. She was indeed a wonderful woman.

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