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Ruth H. Engelhardt, 98, of Clinton passed away Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Mercy Living Center South.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 am, Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church Clinton. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Timothy Hehr, David Nielsen, Matthew Engelhardt, J. D. Engelhardt, Stephen Engelhardt and James Engelhardt. Honorary pallbearers will be Linus Engelhardt, Benjamin Engelhardt and Dr. Nathan Hehr. Visitation will be Saturday from 9:30 am until the service time at the church. The Snell-Zornig Funeral Homes and Crematory is honored to serve the Engelhardt family and online condolences may be expressed by visiting her obituary at www.snellzornig.com.

Ruth Hilda Tessman was born April 9, 1919 in Duluth Minnesota, the daughter of Julius and Hilda (Virchow) Tessman. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian Lutheran faith. She graduated from Denfeld High School in Duluth, Minnesota.

On November 30, 1939 she married Rev Gerald D. A. Engelhardt in Duluth, Minnesota. She was very active in all of the congregations in which her husband served, teaching Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, directing childrens choir and senior choir. Together Pastor Gerald and Ruth lived in and served churches in Aitkin, Minnesota, Dundee and Lamont, Iowa, Rock Rapids, Iowa, Preston, Iowa, Humbolt, Iowa and Apache Junction and Queen Valley, Arizona.

Ruth and Pastor Engelhardt were youth leaders for Lutheran Leagues in various congregations in which they served, chaperoning many trips to National Church Conventions. Ruth was an active member of the church womens group, attending their conventions, and volunteering in the communities in which she lived.

Her husband passed away on April 22, 1989. Ruth continued to spend part of the year in Clinton and part of the year in Apache Junction, Arizona for another 25 years. She loved to travel, to sing, to read, play cards and spend time with family and friends. In early 2000, Ruth began to write poetry for family, friends, and for the Sarah Harding, where she lived for 25 years.

Ruth is survived by one daughter, Jean (Chaplain Rev Horst) Hehr of Clinton, three sons: Gary (Lois) Engelhardt of Phonm Penn, Camodia, Chaplain Rev Marcus (Joanne) Engelhardt of Des Moines, and Paul (Dawn) Engelhardt of Oak Park, Illinois; 13 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two siblings, daughter: Joan Nielsen (twin sister of Jean Hehr), son-in-law Frederick Nielsen, two grandsons, Luke Engelhardt and infant Andrew Nielsen, and an infant great grandson.
Published on October 5, 2017
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