Kathryn L. Ruttgen 83, of Parsons died Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, at Elmhaven East.
She was born May 3, 1926, in Craig County, Okla., the daughter of John Tillman and Hattie Mae (Swagerty) Hollabaugh. She graduated from Centralia High School, worked for Fred Ronald Manufacturing as a seamstress, cooked for the Fairview School for several years and retired from the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant in Parsons in 1990. She moved from rural Oswego to Parsons in 1977.
She loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed reading, ceramics, sewing, quilting and traveling.
Survivors include two daughters, LaVerne Walker and her husband, Gary, of Columbia, Mo., and Sherry Foister and her husband, Michael, of Parsons; three sons, Greg Ruttgen and his wife, Robin, of Welch, Okla., Donnie Ruttgen and his wife, Jeannie, of Labette City and Mark Ruttgen; eight grandchildren, Jolene, Jovanna, Rhiannon, Denovon, Mark, Cara, Ashley and Kandus; 11 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Evelyn Lofton and Alma Spunaugle.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons; Nathan and Christopher; four brothers; and seven sisters.
The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Murdock Funeral Home with Pastor Jack Blackwell officiating. Burial will follow in Oswego Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials to Harry Hines Memorial Hospice or the Center Bethel Youth Group and may be left with the funeral home, 203 Illinois, Oswego.