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Monday, May 27, 2024

Ruth Mickelson

A Celebration of Life Service for Ruth Mickelson, age 93, of Windom, was held Saturday, December 2nd at 11:00 AM at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lakefield, with Pastor Andrew Schensted officiating. Burial followed at Delafield Township Cemetery in rural Jackson County.

Condolences and memories of Ruth may be sent online to www.lacannefuneralhome.com.   Ruth Elaine Mickelson was born on May 23, 1930, to the late Ernest and Ella (Egge) Brodin in Heron Lake, Minnesota. She was baptized on June 22, 1930, and later confirmed on July 25, 1943, at the Delafield Lutheran Church in Delafield Township, Jackson County, Minnesota. She attended school in Heron Lake. After graduation she continued her education at Abbott Hospital School of Nursing, where she earned a degree as a Registered Nurse in 1951.

On September 19, 1953, Ruth was united in marriage to Donald Mickelson. Their marriage was blessed with four children: Kent, Jay, Debra, and Joel. Ruth was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend.

Ruth was a devoted member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lakefield. Her compassion and caring nature were evident in her lifelong career as a registered nurse, and after her retirement, as a hospice volunteer. Ruth’s hobbies included sewing, quilting, and snowmobiling, and her greatest passion was for each of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

On Monday, November 27, 2023, Ruth passed away peacefully at the Good Samaritan Society in Windom, Minnesota.

Left to cherish her memory are her children Kent (Ardis) Mickelson of Lakefield, Jay (Lori) Mickelson of Windom, Debra (Dave) Zellar of Eagle Lake, Joel (Janelle) Mickelson of Windom; ten grandchildren Shawn Lorenzen, Heather VanArsdale, Naomi Gordon, Brady Mickelson, Michelle Weber, Elise Baum, Jonathan Zellar, Michael Zellar, Andrea Tasler, Beckyn Mickelson; twenty-two great grandchildren; brother-in-law Arlo (Helen) Mickelson of Kentwood, MI; sister-in-law Elaine Felt of Vancouver, WA; many nieces and nephews; and her dear friends Don Hendrickson of Milford, IA, Jim and Jane Bretzman of Lakefield, and Connie Hauge of Windom.

Ruth was preceded in death by her loving husband Donald Mickelson, parents Ernest and Ella Brodin, and sister Ardith Frederickson.

Memorials are preferred to Shetek Lutheran Ministries, Hospice of Murray County, and Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Lakefield, MN, in lieu of flowers.

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