Thelma Ruhnke, 1924-2014

Published 9:51 am Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Graveside services for Thelma Mae Ruhnke, 89, who went to be with her Lord on Jan. 21, 2014, in Midland, Texas, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Graceland Cemetery in Albert Lea.

Thelma Ruhnke

Thelma Ruhnke

Thelma was born July 21, 1924, to Carrie and Edward Pepperling in Iowa. She married Wallace (Butch) Ruhnke, who preceded her in death in 1992.

Thelma was a hospital auxiliary volunteer, Red Cross volunteer and friend and mentor to many. She was a member at Conservative Congregational Church in Hollandale. Thelma loved the Lord and her family with her whole heart. She was a devoted Christian, lived her full life for Christ and is now gone to be with him. Thelma was loved by many and will be missed.

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Survivors include son, Michael Dale Ruhnke and wife, Frances; grandsons Michael Jon Ruhnke and wife, Emily, and C.J. Ruhnke; great-grandson, Bradley; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A luncheon will follow the service at Best Western in Albert Lea.