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Ruth DeWald 1953 – 2023

Private services were held for Ruth DeWald of Staples, MN.
Ruth, age 69, passed away on April 8, 2023, at A Daughter’s Love Assisted Living in Staples, MN, with tender care by Moments Hospice.
Ruth was born to Clinton “Howard” and Erma (Gould) DeWald on August 28, 1953, in Wadena, MN and was raised on the family farm. She attended District 6 Country School before going to the Happy House in Wadena. She attended the DAC in Sebeka and retired in 2013. By 2019, Ruth moved off the farm to A Daughter’s Love Assisted Living in Staples.
Life was full for Ruthie! She loved to be with people and enjoyed teasing others, giving hugs, along with back and foot massages. Her interests included country music by Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash. After watching a favorite movie like “Old Yeller”, “La Bamba”, “White Fang”, and “Coal Miner’s Daughter”, she’d request it again! Quiet time for Ruth included “reading” books or coloring.
Preceding Ruth in death were her parents; and brothers-in-law, Larry Heikkinen and Russell Birch.
Memories of Ruthie will remain with her siblings Larry (Renee) DeWald of Wadena, Jean Birch of Staples, Linda Heikkinen of Menahga and Sheila Finck (Steve Savaloja) of Verndale; along with nieces and nephews: Shane (Paula) Birch, Dylan, Nathan and Carlee, Debbie Anderson, Stacy and Tommy Harthan, Trista and Mitch Johnson, and Dakota Finck and Nicole Conn.
Honorary pallbearers were Ralph Miller and Richard Heikkinen. Active pallbearers were Bruce and Lois Gould, and Randy and Lila Notch.
Burial was in Green Lawn Cemetery in Verndale, MN.
Direct memorials to Moments Hospice or A Daughter’s Love Assisted Living in Staples, MN, or Moments Hospice.
Arrangements by Schuller Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Services’ Verndale Chapel, Verndale, MN..Online condolences may be left at

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