Ruth Bernice Larson


Services for Ruth B. Larson, 92, of Stillwater, are 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at Saint Paul Lutheran Church, 609 Fifth St. South in Stillwater. Interment is at Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie, Wis. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at church.

Ruth passed away on Dec. 1 surrounded by the love of her family. Ruth was born Jan. 2, 1920, to Theodore and Anna (Gilbertson) Topper in Barneveld, Iowa County, Wis. Her family moved from that area and settled in the rural district of Menomonie.

It was then that Ruth met her future husband, William. They were married on Aug. 22, 1936, and lived in St. Paul, with the hope that William could find employment.  In 1937, their first child, Arden, was born.

Eventually they managed to buy their first home in the suburbs of St. Paul. Three years later, they had their daughter, Barbara. They moved back to Wisconsin and bought a 40-acre farm and in a few years they were able to buy the adjoining land. Ruth and Bill built and maintained the “Skyport Airport” on that land.

Ruth worked outside the home at Lange’s Canning Co., as a cook at Jeatran’s Supper Club, and finally, at Stout State University. There she had the position of a salad cook. She also did as much of the farm work as she was able as her husband held a job as a carpenter.

Because her husband’s failing health, they sold the farm and became “caretakers” of a girl’s camp called We-haw-kee.  Ruth cleaned the cabins, washed the bedding for the campers and helped in the kitchen. Her husband took care of the maintenance, but his health forced them to leave.

They built a house in Stillwater to be closer to family and in 1976, her husband passed away after 40 years of marriage. Ruth continued to live in their house until 2006.  She then moved to an assisted living apartment in the city, and the final move was in 2009 to the local nursing home.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, William, and her parents; her brothers, Gilman, Marvin, Clifford, and Donald; sisters, Mildred, Hazel, Esther and an infant sister, Ruth; grandson, Cary Larson, and her granddaughter’s husband, Scott Swanson.

Ruth is survived by son, Arden and wife Sandy of Andover; daughter, Barbara and husband William Dahler of Stillwater; five grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

A special thank you to Dr. Dale Meyer of the Woodbury Clinic for his care, as well as the loving care Ruth received from Good Samaritan Home.

Arrangements are with Bradshaw Funeral and Cremation Services, 2800 Curve Crest Boulevard in Stillwater, 651-439-5511.