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Ruth Esther Minten

October 31, 1916 — June 16, 2019

ALTON, Iowa -- Ruth E. Minten, 102, of Alton died Sunday, June 16, 2019, atPrairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City, Iowa. 

Memorial mass will be 2 p.m. Thursday, June 20, 2019 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton, with Father Daniel Greving officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary's Cemetery in Alton. Visitation with family present will be one hour prior to the service on Thursday. There will be a rosary at 1:45 p.m. Services have been entrusted to Fisch Funeral Home and Monument in Remsen, Iowa.

Ruth was born Oct. 31, 1916, in Alton, Iowa, the daughter of Sebastian and Jennie (Mulder) Kuyper. She was raised and educated in Alton graduating from Alton Public High School in 1933. She worked in two restaurants in Alton and did domestic work in Alton prior to marriage.

On March 17, 1943 she married Peter Minten in South Sioux City, NE. They lived near Remsen for one year and then moved into Alton where they owned and operated a Bowling Alley and Cafe. They retired in 1969. Peter died December 24, 1977.  Ruth spent the last 8 years at Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange, City.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and was a member of Catholic Daughter guild and St. Mary’s Rosary Society.

Ruth is survived by 2 daughters; Gail (Geary) Jones of Albuquerque, NM, Mary Frederes of Cherokee, IA, 7 grandchildren, Doug (Jessie) Jones, Mike (Caroline) Jones, Todd (Betty) Frederes, Karla (Tim) Chase, Robyn (Chad) Sowers, Sara Frederes and Amy (John) Loughlin, 10 great-grandchildren, one sister-in-law, Marnie Kuyper of Boise, ID. Numerous nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a grandson, Rene Pugh, one son-in-law, Wayne Frederes, 4 sisters, Genevieve (William) Starkenberg, Anna Mae (Ted) Goslinga, Arlene (William) Bierma, Wilma (Bob) Zevenbergen, one Brother, Harold Kuyper.
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Service Schedule

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

1:00 - 1:00 pm (Central time)

St. Mary's Church - Alton, IA

610 E 10th St, Alton, IA 51003

Visitation with family present will be one hour prior to the service on Thursday. There will be a rosary at 1:45 p.m.

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