Range Funeral Homes


Ruth Arleen Wirtz

March 16, 1926 - November 12, 2017

Ruth Arleen Wirtz, 91, of Nashwauk, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing. A Memorial Service/Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, November 26, at Cloverdale Hall at 1:00 p.m. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Hibbing.

Ruth was born March 16, 1926 in Los Angeles, CA to Francis and Alma (Wichterman) Umbarger. She was united in marriage to Herman Joseph Wirtz on September 4, 1945 in Grand Rapids. She was a faithful and devoted wife for 72 years. She was also a member of the Cloverdale-Nashwauk community and loved coffee time with the neighbors. She always kept a careful watch for friends and visitors. Ruth loved traveling, her favorite destination was Alaska. She also enjoyed the many hunting and fishing trips she took. She was a faithful companion and mother, a great homemaker. She loved her lupine patch, orchids, baking and crocheting afghans. Ruth especially loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Ruth is survived by her:

Husband: Herman Joseph

Children: Linda Bartels
Craig (Joan) Wirtz
Joseph Wirtz

Grandchildren: Arleen (Loren) VanRiper, Anjeanette (JR) Buckley,
Eric (Wendy) Bartels, Ann (Robb) Wanvig, Amy Merrick,
Lisa (Lonny) Cappo, Nicole (Gerald) Snider,
Aaron (Melissa) Wirtz

19 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild

Sister: Marian Apple

Ruth was preceded in death by her mother, Alma Umbarger; and grandson, Ricky Wirtz

One thought on “Ruth Arleen Wirtz”

  1. Dee says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. During this sad time, please take comfort in knowing that our Heavenly Father has promised a future we have not known by means of the sacrifice of his son, Jesus Christ -John 3:16. The Bible describes the time when we will be reunited with our dear loved ones and friends at. -Isaiah 65:20-25 and John 5:28,29). In the days ahead, may your beautiful memories and these divine promises help to sustain your family and the God of comfort will be with you.

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November 26, 2017 at 1:00PM
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