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Obituary: Ruth Adeline Waetzig

Ruth Adeline Waetzig, 92, was born into eternity September 18, 2020
Posted at 12:10 PM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 14:10:01-04

Ruth Adeline Waetzig, 92, was born into eternity September 18, 2020, after a diagnosis of congestive heart failure.

Ruth was born to the late Rev. Edwin and Elsie Huber, a Lutheran pastor and a homemaker respectively, in Great Falls, Montana on October 19, 1927. She was baptized November 6, 1927 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Great Falls, Montana. She graduated from the Montana State University–Northern in 1947 with a two-year teaching certificate.

As a 20-year-old, she accepted a position to be an elementary teacher in Great Falls. In 1951, she married Bert Russell Waetzig and together they raised 8 children, including a special needs son. As a young wife and mother, she sewed clothes for all 8 children and her husband including three-piece dress suits and dresses for high school graduations. She began teaching again in 1965 to her retirement June 1987. She volunteered with Girl Scouts for many years including taking overnight backpacking trips through the Bob Marshal Wilderness.

Even after “retiring” from LFC, she continued to learn and serve including as an interpreter and seamstress with the Lewis and Clark Center, quilting, sign language for the Christian deaf community, woodworking, and swimming daily until she was 92 years old.

Ruth is survived by her husband of nearly 70 years, Russ; her sons Gary (Paula), Kalvin (Lori) and Todd (Cristal); her daughters Ruth Ann Shimoi, Carole Waetzig-Dillon (David) and Sandra Timm (Wayne); her 17 grandchildren and 17 great-children.

To read the complete obituary and share condolences, visit the Croxford Funeral Home website.