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Ruth Ellinger

Ruth Nanette Ellinger (Ross)

January 14th, 1926 - August 3rd, 2019
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Ruth Nanette Ellinger was born in Fisher, Minnesota on January 14, 1926 to parents Arthur and Elizabeth Ross. She was reborn as a child of God in the waters of Holy Baptism, and confirmed in the Christian faith, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Fisher, Minnesota. Ruth was united in holy marriage to Melvin Walter Ellinger on July 3, 1948. Ruth and Mel were blessed with 71 years of married life together, and with the gift of three children: Mark, Katherine and Elizabeth. Ruth graduated from Valparaiso University in 1948 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. She was an instructor to hundreds of piano and organ students in Bloomington, Minnesota, and was a long-time organist, choir director and handbell choir director at Redemption Lutheran Church in Bloomington. She was active in the Minnesota Music Teachers Association. One morning many years ago, she was inspired to compose a piano piece for young children (two pianos, four players) that she entitled “Balloon Pop Polka.” It has been performed thousands of times around the world, and is easily found on YouTube. Ruth fashioned many beautiful quilts for family, friends and those in need, and sewed numerous tote bags for expectant mothers around the world. She made THE BEST potato salad and rhubarb pie.

On August 3, 2019, God blessed Ruth with a holy death and took her home to rest in the arms of Jesus to await the resurrection of the dead. She is survived by her husband Melvin and their three children, as well as four grandchildren Sarah, Kristin, Naomi and Ellis (Katryna). She is predeceased by her parents and four brothers Gerhard, Edwin, Paul and Richard. Memorials preferred to Redemption Lutheran Church, Bloomington, Minnesota, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    Redemption Lutheran Church
    Address
    927 East Old Shakopee Road
    Bloomington, MN 55420
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  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Redemption Lutheran Church
    Address
    927 East Old Shakopee Road
    Bloomington, MN 55420
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    Officiant
    Reverend Sol Grosskopf
  • Interment

    Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 | 1:15pm
    When
    Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 1:15pm
    Location
    Fort Snelling National Cemetery
    Address
    7601 34th Avenue, South
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55450
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  • Reception

    Location
    Lutheran Church of the Redemption
    Address
    927 East Old Shakopee Road
    Bloomington, MN 55420
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With caring thoughts, Bryan Milner

Posted at 02:00pm
Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, and courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.
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The Edwin & Thelma Ross Family

Posted at 06:30pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Sam and Utahna Hancock

Posted at 12:40pm
Hugs at the celebration of a good life
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Keith and Cheryl Bratsch

Posted at 04:32pm
Ruth has meant so much to us from the day we met her at church. We sang in her choir. Cheryl played under her handbell direction. Ruth was in our creative piano teachers group and we learned so much from her, enjoyed her delicious food at
potlucks, and we were very much inspired by her. Our son Joel was privileged to have her for a piano teacher. She was always busy with music or helping someone and we loved her sense of humor. We miss her a lot but know she is now singing with the angels in heaven. Your family is in our prayers.
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