Ruth VanLinder

Ruth VanLinder

Ruth E. VanLinder of Otsego, MI passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2013 in Watervliet.  She was born November 10, 1924 in Amherst, Nebraska to John and Katie (Smith) Oertwig. In 1944 she married Ronald VanLinder and spent 51 years together until his passing in 1995. Ruth enjoyed raising and spending time with her children, reading, taking walks, and her many flower gardens.

Surviving are her children, Connie VanLinder of Plainwell, Michael VanLinder of Bonita Springs, Florida, Patricia (Galen) Blough of Watervliet, and Dennis VanLinder of St. Petersburg, Florida; seven grandchildren; three great-granddaughters; one great-great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death are her parents; her husband; and her siblings, OraMae Young, Naomi McCullough, Richard Oertwig, Deloris Alexander, Walter Oertwig, Bernice Wolfkill, Doris Walters, John Oertwig, Raymond Oertwig, Orville Oertwig, and Juanita McAninch.

Cremation has taken place and no public services are scheduled. Burial of ashes will be at Fort Custer National Cemetery at a later date.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.

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  1. Marcia Van Linder/Butler says:

    I am so very sorry for Ruth’s family. Pat and Skip did so well by Aunt Ruth. So very hard that both she and Ron passed away so close to Christmas. The blessing is that she did have Pat and Skip and she is now going to be with Ron this Christmas. She missed him for 19 years and can now be reunited.

  2. Dorothy & Basil Van Linder says:

    We will miss Ruth greatly but I am sure she would say:

    Weep not for me for my Father calls from a far & distant shore,
    Where Angels sing by a golden gate & bodies pain no more,
    Remember me not with a mournful sigh,
    A grief bowed head, a tearful eye,
    Lift up your head ! Rejoice with me !
    I stand on the shore of a golden sea, I see at last my Saviors face,
    I feel the warmth of His love & grace,
    I’m home at last in this wonderful place.

  3. Diana Granger Kuzinski says:

    I extend my most sincere condolences to Ruth’s family and all who loved her. I remember her as a sweet and loving person. I do hope that she and Ron are together once again.

  4. Karen Berzins says:

    I miss my Aunt Ruth (and my Uncle Ron). She was a sweet lady who always welcomed me into their home. We miss her, but dear Uncle Ron is rejoicing to have her with him again.

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