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Ruth Edlefson

Published: Monday, July 7, 2014 2:13 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, July 7, 2014 3:35 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — Ruth V. Edlefson, 89, of Princeton passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014, at Greenfield in Princeton.

She was born March 12, 1925, in Princeton to Arthur and Esther (Johnson) Norene. She graduated from Princeton High School in 1942. She married Robert Willard Edlefson on Jan. 20, 1946, at the First Lutheran Church in Princeton. Robert preceded her in death on April 13, 2001. She was a farmers' wife and a homemaker.

Ruth was a lifelong member of the First Lutheran Church. It was there that she spent a great deal of her time making quilts for the Lutheran World Relief. She loved fishing and traveling with Robert after retiring from the farm life. Ruth took writing classes at the senior center where she became quite the prolific poem and story writer.

Ruth is survived by her one son, Dale (Lynn) Edlefson of Middeton, Wis.; three daughters, Carla (Robert Barrow) Edlefson of Columbus, Ohio, Connie (Richard) Frankenfeld of Springfield, Ill., and Diane (Brian) Conaway of Denver, Colo.; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Doris Walton of Delphi, Ind., and Annette (Leo) Peterson of Dixon, Ill.

She was preceded by her husband, Robert; her parents; one daughter, Michelle K. Edlefson in 1956; and two sisters, Marian Sneed and Fern Wingo.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 10, at the First Lutheran Church in Princeton with Pastor Norman Femrite officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Lawn Memorial Park in Princeton.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 10, at the church.

Memorials may be directed to either the First Lutheran Church in Princeton or to Gateway Services.

Arrangements have been made through Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton. Online condolences may be left at

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