In loving memory of
About Ruth Heeren...Ruth A. Heeren was born on the Renquist farm near Windom, MN on August 15, 1923 to John and Ellen (Carlson) Person. In 1926, her family moved to their home farm north of Windom. She received her education in rural school and Windom Public Schools and graduated in the class of 1941. For a short time, Ruth attended business school in Minneapolis. For nearly 40 years, Ruth had been a faithful employee of the Minnesota Department of Transportation in Windom until her retirement as office manager in 1985.
On May 2, 1971, Ruth was married to Gerold Heeren at the Evangelical Free Church in Windom. They have made their home in Windom since that time. Throughout her life, Ruth has served her church as treasurer of the church board and community with devotion and for the benefit of many organizations. Some of her activities were as a member of the White Cross, Plum Creek Treasurer, Bingham Lake Senior Center Treasurer, volunteer at Soil Conservation Service, and she quilted with ladies of her church on Saturday mornings. Recently, she received acclaim for her years of effort as a Windom Mayor's Medal of Honor for Volunteers.
Gerold died in 1987 and Ruth continued to live in her home and energetically serve her community. Her health has declined in the last year because of cancer and she died on Thursday morning, the 7th of August at the age of 84 years in Worthington, MN.
Her family includes a cousin Ione and Randy Fischer of Lynchburg, VA and their children, Nancy and Victor Evans of Woodbridge, VA, David and Joie Fischer, and Jacob and Cassie of Greensboro, NC, Karen and Eric Kenny, and Kirsten, Margaret, and Michael of Lynchburg. Also surviving are the children of Ruth's deceased cousin, (JoAnn Miller), Eric and Sylvia Engerbretson, Ian, James, and Alec of Moscow, ID, Jeffrey Engerbretson of Truckee, CA and Amie Engerbretson of Chicago.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Gerold.