Ruth Delores (Schaible) Peterson, 82, died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday May 3, 2015 at the Ecumen Scenic Shores Care Center following a long illness.
Ruth was born on a farm near Heil, North Dakota on November 7th, 1932 to John and Amelia Schaible. Her oldest sister, Irene, died shortly after birth. As a very young child she moved with her parents and her two older siblings to Elgin, North Dakota. Her parents raised six children, of whom Ruth was the 3rd. She spoke only German until her older siblings attended school and taught her English.
One of her first paid jobs was setting pins at the local bowling lanes. After graduating from high school, she worked as a dental assistant and as a secretary for the county agent. In 1952 she attended what is now called Trinity Bible College, in Ellendale, North Dakota, graduating in 1955.
On June 30th, 1955 she married Kenneth Peterson and to this union were born two children, Rick and Cindy. For her entire married life she worked as a mother and a pastor's wife. They lived in a variety of cities in Montana, North Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota.
In June of 2000 they retired to Two Harbors, MN, where Ken had pastored for seven years and where both of their children live. She resided at 1431 8th Ave., until February 11th, 2014 when she was taken to St. Mary’s hospital and then to the Ecumen Scenic Shores Care Center until her demise.
She was preceded in death by her parents and four siblings: Irene Schaible, Lorene Seidler, Raymond Schaible, and Doris Hillius.
She is survived by two brothers, Marvin Schaible and his wife Doris of Kirkland, Washington, and Dale Schaible and his wife Faye of Mandan, North Dakota; two brothers-in-law: Gottlieb Seidler of Elgin, North Dakota and Duane Hillius of Pine Haven, Wyoming; and one sister-in-law: Mary Lee DeLay of Baxter, Minnesota; one son: Rick and his wife Shaloy of Two Harbors; one daughter: Cindy Laine, and her husband, Al, of Two Harbors, four grandchildren: Rachel Batt and her husband Brandon of Two Harbors; Michael Laine and his wife, Alaina, of Apple Valley, MN; Dale Jae Hoon Peterson of Two Harbors, and Dulce Maria Peterson of Two Harbors; three great-grandchild: Jaxson Batt, Amelia Batt, and Owen Laine, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 1 PM until her memorial service, under the direction of Reverend Lawrence Lee, at 2 PM on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at The United Church of Two Harbors, 531 3rd Ave. There will be no graveside service. Lunch will be served at the church following the memorial service.