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Ruth Alice
Stelter (Sorenson)

August 26, 1928 – November 26, 2018

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Obituary for Ruth Alice Stelter (Sorenson)

Ruth Stelter

Ruth Alice Stelter, 90, of Hopkins, Missouri, died Monday, November 26, 2018, in Pella, Iowa. Ruth was born on August 26, 1928, to Alph Martin Sorenson and Alice Ahlstrom Sorenson of LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

After graduating from LaCrosse High School in 1946, Ruth attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics in 1950. She met her future husband, Robert Stelter, at Iowa State. They were married in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, on September 15, 1951. They enjoyed almost 66 years of married life together before Robert's death in September, 2017.

After their wedding, Ruth moved with Robert to Hopkins, where together they ran the family farm. Although born and raised a city girl, Ruth eagerly jumped right into farm life. She supported Bob and the farm by helping in any way she could with the livestock and crops, and she also co-managed the business end of the farm. Ruth took great pride in cultivating and caring for a large vegetable garden and beautiful yard. Throughout her life, she enjoyed putting three delicious, nutritious meals on the table every day. She was a loving mother to her five children, and she always encouraged their individual interests and talents. She and Bob loved to travel, and they took trips to many different places in the world. In her later years, Ruth especially enjoyed visits with her children and their spouses, her 9 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren, Ruth was known by her family for her positive, sunny outlook on life, her spritely sense of humor, and her graciousness to everyone she met.

Ruth was a member of the Hopkins Wray Memorial Methodist Church. When her children were young she taught Sunday school and was a leader of the Four Leaf Clover 4-H club.

Ruth is survived by her children: Nancy (Jim) Johnston, Houston, Texas; Susan (Sam) Stelter Fernandez, Manahattan Beach, California; Linda Stelter, Pella, Iowa; Steve (Kelly) Stelter, Maryville, Missouri, and Mark (Jenni) Stelter, Pella, Iowa. Ruth is also survived by nine grandchildren: Jennifer Johnston Pierson, Kristina Fernandez Mabrie, Michael Fernandez, Siri Stelter, Alex Stelter, Madison Stelter, Laurel Stelter, Soren Stelter, and Easton Stelter, and by two great-grandchildren, Evangeline Pierson and Beckett Pierson; two brothers, Arvid "Spike" Sorenson, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota and Arney Sorenson, Camarillo, California.

Visitation will be held at Wray Memorial United Methodist Church in Hopkins on Thursday, November 29, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at the Wray Memorial United Methodist Church in Hopkins on Friday, November 30, at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at the Miriam Cemetery in Maryville.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the August Stelter Scholarship Fund, 800 University Drive, Maryville, Missouri 64468 or the St. Francis Hospital Foundation.

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When Thursday, November 29th, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Wray Memorial United Methodist Church
Hopkins, MO 64461

Service Information

Friday, November 30th, 2018 2:00pm
Rev. Scott Moon
Wray Memorial United Methodist Church
Hopkins, MO 64461

Interment Information

Miriam Cemetery
Maryville, MO 64468
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