Ruth Haskins, 1934-2015

Published 9:37 am Thursday, May 21, 2015

Memorial services for Ruth “Ruthie” Ann Haskins of Albert Lea will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Theodore Catholic Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. Timothy T. Reker and Deacon Mike Ellis will officiate. Interment will be at a later date in Graceland Cemetery. Friends may visit with family one hour before services at the church.

Ruth Haskins

Ruth Haskins

Ruthie died on Sunday, May 17, 2015, at St. John’s Lutheran Community in Albert Lea. She was 81.

She was born on Feb. 20, 1934, in Waseca, the daughter of Edward and Marion (Flannery) Giel. She graduated from Winona Senior High School and attended Winona State Teachers College.

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On Feb. 27, 1954, she was united in marriage to Robert Duane Haskins in Winona. Following their marriage, Bob “Sonny” and Ruthie lived in Winona and Hayfield before making their home in Albert Lea in 1963. Ruthie had worked in the produce department at Red Owl for many years and then as a medical secretary for a short time, but she loved and cherished her role as wife, mom, grandma and homemaker.

She enjoyed swimming, sewing, baking, reading, traveling, motorcycle camping, cross country skiing and spending time with family and friends.

She will be lovingly missed by her husband, Bob; her children Julie Haskins (Roman Gomez) of Mexico, Peggy Haskins (John Murphy) of Portland, Oregon, Joseph and Kimberly ( Nelson) Haskins of Phoenix, David and Leah (Gonzales) Haskins of Minneapolis, Michael Haskins of Austin, Amy Haskins of Hillsboro, Oregon, Beth (Daniel) Talamantes of Albert Lea and Melissa Haskins (Robert Dahl) of Portland; grandchildren Brice Christopherson of Austin, Eden and Willow Haskins-Dahl, Abraham and Sakie (Fuse) Haskins-Murphy, Ivan Haskins-Murphy and Dean Talamantes (Kristy Hollenbock); great-grandchildren Carter and Mahkenzee; brother, Edward, and his wife, Shirley Giel, of Brooklyn Park; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Morris and Peggy Haskins of Albert Lea and Mary Ann and Ron Worner of Apple Valley; and several nieces and nephews.

Ruthie was preceded in death by her parents; her granddaughter, Kassi Marie Haskins;  daughter-in-law, Nancy (Christian) Haskins; and brothers Alden and Paul Giel.

One of her grandchildren stated, “Today the sun set on the life of Ruth Haskins. She was the person who taught me the power of love and laughter. She was a seasoned guide on my path to well-being, and I loved her beyond measure. The world is dimmer without you in it, Grandma.”