Plainview Chapel
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Plainview, MN 55964
Eyota Chapel
115 South Ave.
Eyota, MN 55934
Obituaries 2019
Ruth Elizabeth Siegenthaler, 105, died at Green Prairie Rehabilitation Center
in Plainview on May 26, 2020. Ruth was born on June 10, 1914 on a farm near
Willow Lake, South Dakota to James and Helen (Gilbert) Caldow. At the age of
6, she moved with her parents to a farm near Huron, South Dakota. After
attending one-room schools in Beadle County, she graduated from high school
in Huron in 1932. On January 26th, 1933, she married Paul Alfred
Siegenthaler. They farmed near Huron until 1940 when they moved to a farm
near Evansville, Wisconsin. In 1947 they moved to a farm near Postville, Iowa.
In 1949 they purchased a farm in the Elgin-Plainview, Minnesota region. They
retired to Plainview in 1978. Ruth was a member and secretary-treasurer of the
Elgin-Millville Farm Bureau for several years. She was a member and President
of the Woman’s Group of Community Presbyterian Church. She was also a
member of the Plainview Senior Citizens group. Ruth loved embroidery,
crocheting, flowers, reading and travel.
She is survived by two sons, Donald (Peggy) Siegenthaler of Grose Vale,
Australia and Kenneth Siegenthaler of Colorado Springs, Colorado; 9
grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren, 5 great-
great-great grandchildren and 1 sister Letha Renner of Huron, South Dakota.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Paul, brother Adam Caldow and
sister Margaret Eden.
Due to the current health situation, the visitation and funeral service will be
private but may be viewed on Zoom. The Zoom visitation will start at 10:15 a.m.
and the service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 30th at the Community
Presbyterian Church in Plainview with Pastor John Curtis officiating. Burial will
follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Plainview. The link for the Zoom service will
be published on or the church web site at Memorials preferred to Community Presbyterian Church to
the Ruth Elizabeth Siegenthaler Memorial Fund.
Memorials may be sent to Ken Siegenthaler, 575 Sun Hills Dr., Colorado
Springs, CO  80921
Schad & Zabel Funeral Home in Plainview is in charge of the arrangements.
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