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April 1, 2020

1/29/2020 10:53:00 AM
Ruth Anderson

Ruth Anderson, 98, of Windom, formerly of Westbrook, died Jan. 24, 2020, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
A memorial service will be held Sunday at 1 p.m., at Windom Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 41519 U.S. Highway 71, in Windom.
Visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the service.
Ruth Augusta Speckmeier was born March 19, 1921, to August and Bertha (Wenzel) Speckmeier in Des Moines River Township. One of 10 children, she was raised on the family farm and attended country school, graduating from eighth grade.
She helped with her large family and worked as a housekeeper.
In 1940, she married Delbert Anderson. They had six children and lived in rural Westbrook, Dundee and Dovray, and for a time in Currie and Westbrook. Ruth and Delbert especially loved their farm near Dovray.
In addition to being a housewife and mother, Ruth worked in a grocery store while living in Currie, candled eggs in Westbrook and was involved on the farm.
Throughout her life, church was important to Ruth. She attended Rosehill and Grace Lutheran churches in Westbrook, and Our Saviors Lutheran in Dovray.
She enjoyed bowling, playing cards, golfing and an occasional side trip to the casino. An innovative person, Ruth also enjoyed cooking and baking, gardening (especially roses) and sewing.
Ruth's family was most important to her, having a close relationship with all the brothers and sisters from both sides of the family. She also enjoyed hosting holidays, making a banquet out of ordinary garden items.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Delbert in 1986; an infant son, Darrell; two daughters, Connie Barrie in 2019 and Judy Derickson in 2018; a daughter-in-law, Joan Anderson in 1997; a son-in-law, Wayne Cassens in 2010; three sisters: Elouise Busswitz, Irene Glasshoff and Betty Swenhaugen/Fenstra; five brothers: Clarence, Lester, James, infant Vernon and Lenhart Speckmeier; and brothers- and sisters-in-law: Violet and Herb Parker, and Glenn and Alice Anderson.
Survivors include her three children: Sandra Cassens of Bloomington, Keith (Karen) Anderson of Windom and John Anderson of Cannon Falls; two sons-in-law, Robert Barrie of Waseca and Kenneth Derickson of Windom; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Lorraine Metcalf of Sarasota, Fla.; three sisters-in-law: Irene Speckmeier of Aurora, Colo.; Shirley Speckmeier of Dundee; and Janice Speckmeier Carlyle of Virginia; and a brother-in-law, Gene Fenstra of Willmar.

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