Ruth Haugerud, 1921-2016

Published 9:00 am Sunday, May 29, 2016

Funeral services for Ruth Haugerud, 95, of Albert Lea will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. The Rev. Matt Hundley will officiate. Interment will be at West Freeborn Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Online condolences are welcome at

Ruth Haugerud

Ruth Haugerud

Ruth Haugerud passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2016. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She lived a good and rewarding 95 years and will be missed by many friends and family.

Ruth L. Christopherson Haugerud was born March 31, 1921, in Minneapolis, the daughter of Ludwig and Ragna (Erickson) Hostad. The family moved to the Morris area and a sister, Olga, joined her. Her life took a hard turn when she was just 10 years old and her mother, Ragna, died, leaving their father with two little girls. Unable to handle running his business and providing all the care two young girls needed, he asked Ragna’s sister, Emma, and her husband, Peter, near Donnelly if they would be able to care for the girls. They ended up moving in with them. Ruth grew up and took jobs in Albert Lea and soon met Clair Christopherson of rural Freeborn. They were married June 6, 1943, at West Freeborn Lutheran Church. There they lived and ran the family farm raising, their three children, Oscar, Karen and Glen. In 1974 her husband, Clair, passed away and 10 years later she met and married Gerhard S. Haugerud. They had a good life, living in Albert Lea until his death in 2003.

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Ruth loved embroidery work, taking great joy in giving her handiwork away, as well as reading and spending time with family and friends.

Ruth is survived by her sister, Olga, and her husband, Martin Zibulsky, of Sun City, Arizona; her three children, Oscar and his wife, Mary Christopherson, of Albert Lea, Karen and her husband, Craig Dillavou, of Overland Park, Kansas, and Glen and his wife, Renae Christopherson, of rural Hartland; grandchildren Mickey Hedeen and Clara Baerman, Jeffrey and his wife, Jennifer, and Jason and his wife, Megan Dillavou, and Adam and Abby Christopherson; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and her husbands Clair and Gerhard.