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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • OBIT: Ruth M. Lunde

  • Ruth M. Lunde, 87, of rural Harlow, ND, died Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at Trinity Homes in Minot, ND.


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  • Ruth M. Lunde, 87, of rural Harlow, ND, died Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at Trinity Homes in Minot, ND.
    Funeral services will be Saturday, June 16 at 2 p.m. at Leeds Lutheran Church in Leeds with Pastor Richard Budd officiating. Interment will be in the Brinsmade Lutheran Cemetery at Brinsmade, ND. Visitation will be Friday from 4  p.m. until 7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service at the Nelson Funeral Home in Leeds. Active casket bearers will be Curtis Lunde and her grandchildren; honorary bearers will be her great-grandchildren and the members of the Robert Tovsrud VFW Post 757 Auxiliary of Harlow. Music will be from Dan and MiChelle Nybo.
    Ruth Marie Lunde was born September 3, 1924 on the family farm near Tilden, ND, to Joseph and Josephine (Lund) Kirkeide. She graduated from the Brinsmade High School in May of 1942 and then spent several months in South Dakota receiving special treatment for Rheumatic Fever. Ruth returned home and worked in a cook car were she met Clarence Lunde. They were married on June 6, 1943 at Devils Lake. The couple lived and farmed in Butte Valley Township near Harlow, ND, until their retirement. Clarence died February 3, 1998.
    Ruth continued to reside on the farm until just several months ago, when she became a resident of Trinity Homes in Minot.
    Ruth was a member of the Brinsmade Lutheran Church and ladies aid until its closure. She then became a member of Leeds Lutheran Church and was active in the WELCA, sewing and quilting circles. Ruth was a life time member of the Robert Tovsrud VFW Post 757 Auxiliary of Harlow and served as the secretary-treasurer for many years. She also assisted many years with the Cancer Drive. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing, quilting, bingo, crossword puzzles, playing solitary and pinochle. Ruth will be fondly remembered for her baking, especially apple pies, lefse and donuts. It is estimated she made over 5,000 donuts.
    Surviving are her children: daughter, Agnes (Jerry) Filler of Minot; five sons, Carter (Beverly) of Minot, Kenneth of rural Leeds, Joel, Jerry (Barb) and Paul (Cheryl) Lunde, all of Maddock; 14 grandchildren, Jason (Cara) Filler, Steven (Julie) Filler, Vanessa (Lucas) Sult, Celeste (Justin) Badke, Bridget Lunde and her fiancé, Chad Gellar, Kendra (John) Stinkeoway, Cody, Jordan, Eric, Brandon, Ryan, Michael, Jaden and Marissa Lunde; nine great-grandchildren, Jennifer, Brooklyn, Chris and Jaxson Filler, Peyton and Devlan Sult, Serenity and Gracelynn Badke and Brayden Stinkeoway; sisters-in-law, Sally Lunde of Rugby and Bernice Lunde of Mason City, IA; brother-in-law, Dr. Sam Leishear of Camp Springs, MD; a number of nieces and nephews; and special friend since 1938, Maxine (Ted) Yri of Leeds.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Everett;  infant child; and brothers, Bernard Kirkeide, Lloyd Kirkeide and John Stensaker.
    Nelson Funeral Home, Leeds, is in charge of arrangements.

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