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Ruth Kehr 1911-2010

Mar 9, 2010

A Mass of Christian Burial for Ruth Kehr of Emmetsburg will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 10, at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg.

Burial is in Calvary Cemetery, Blue Earth, MN.  The family will greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m., today at the Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg. There will be a Catholic Daughter’s Rosary at 4 p.m. and a parish vigil service at 7 p.m.

On Wednesday, March 3, 2010, Ruth died at PARC Hall in Emmetsburg.

Ruth Mary Kehr was born Aug. 9, 1911 on the Joynt family farm west of Emmetsburg, the daughter of Joe and Julia (Joyce) Joynt. She was a graduate of Emmetsburg High School and Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing in Lemars. 

On April 21, 1941, Ruth and John G. Kehr were married at Assumption Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. Ruth worked as a registered nurse in Estherville, Waterloo and Detroit, MI. She also worked as a private duty nurse as well as a flight nurse. She finished her nursing career in Emmetsburg, retiring from Lakeside Lutheran Home. 

Ruth was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Catholic Daughter’s of the Americas, the Wide Awake Group and Can’t Come Crabby Club. She enjoyed crocheting, baking and playing cards and bingo. She enjoyed spending time with her PARC Hall Family. Ruth especially loved family gatherings, and surrounding herself with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Surviving are her children: Joe Kehr (Ann), Louise Ryan (Jack), Michael Kehr (Yolanda), Richard Kehr (Alice), Jean Hilbert and special friend, Randy Petersen, Jane Hilbert (Gary) and Ann Ryan (Michael); sisters:  Venita Willits of Emmetsburg and Evelyn Hiebeler (Leo) of Sun Lakes, Arizona;  16 grandchildren;  14 great-grandchildren;  daughter-in-law, Barb Kehr; sisters-in-law,  Arlene Joynt, Jenny Joynt, Marie Kehr and Ella Dellamater; and a brother-in-law, Ken Dols.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John;  son, William;  six  brothers:  Earl, Frank, Lloyd, Louis, Clem and Hugh Joynt;  three sisters:  Blanch Hanrahan, Vera Heithoff and Grace Joynt;  granddaughter, Lisa Hilbert; and her son-in-law, Larry Hilbert.

Online condolences: www.joycefuneralhomes.com