Ruth Elizabeth Siegenthaler, 105, of Plainview, Minn.


PLAINVIEW, Minn., — Ruth Elizabeth Siegenthaler, 105, passed away at Green Prairie Rehabilitation Center in Plainview, Minn., on May 26, 2020.


A private service was held May 30, 2020,  at the Community Presbyterian Church in Plainview with Pastor John Curtis officiating.


Ruth was born on June 10, 1914, on a farm near Willow Lake to James and Helen (Gilbert) Caldow.

At the age of six, she moved with her parents to a farm near Huron. After attending one-room schools in Beadle County, she graduated from high school in Huron in 1932.


On Jan. 26, 1933, she married Paul Alfred Siegenthaler. They farmed near Huron until 1940, when they moved to a farm near Evansville, Wis. In 1947, they moved to a farm near Postville, Iowa.

In 1949, they purchased a farm in the Elgin-Plainview region. They retired to Plainview in 1978.


Ruth was a member and secretary-treasurer of the Elgin-Millville Farm Bureau for several years. She was a member and president of the Woman’s Group of Community Presbyterian Church. She was also a member of the Plainview Senior Citizens group. Ruth loved embroidery, crocheting, flowers, reading and travel.


She is survived by two sons, Donald (Peggy) Siegenthaler of Grose Vale, Australia and Kenneth Siegenthaler of Colorado Springs, Colo.; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, five great-great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Letha Renner of Huron.


Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; brother, Adam Caldow; and sister, Margaret Eden.


Memorials may be sent to Ken Siegenthaler, 575 Sun Hills Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo. 80921.


Schad & Zabel Funeral Home in Plainview is in charge of the arrangements.


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