Ruth A. Blekeberg, 98, of Decorah, died Thursday, Nov 14, 2013, at Wellington Place in Decorah. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at Madison Lutheran Church in rural Ridgeway, with Rev. Jeff Hansen officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Visitation began at 10 a.m. Monday, one hour before the service, at Madison Lutheran Church. Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah served the family. Online condolences may be made at fjelstul.com. Organist was Judy Hovden. Congregational hymns were "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," "The Old Rugged Cross," "Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me" and "God Be with You Until We Meet Again." Casket bearers were John Casterton, Chad Klegseth, Charles Klegseth, John Schreiber, Michael Thompson and Rodney Wilhelm.
Ruth Arlene (Thompson) Blekeberg was born July 4, 1915, at home on the family farm in Madison Township, rural Ridgeway, Winneshiek county, the daughter of Ben N. and Ingeborg (Nesheim) Thompson. She was baptized Aug. 1, 1915, at Ridgeway United Lutheran Church and confirmed there Dec. 8, 1929, by Rev. H.M. Normann. She attended rural schools in Madison Township. Ruth was united in marriage to Oliver Blekeberg Aug. 14, 1932, at Decorah Lutheran Church Parsonage by Rev. O. Glesne. This union was blessed with two sons, Orrin Robert and Ronald Orville. In Ruth's younger years, she took pride in playing the violin in her church. After her marriage to Oliver, she was a homemaker and helped on the family farm in Madison Township. Later, she and Oliver moved into Decorah. While living in Decorah, Ruth was employed at Wapsie Produce and then Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital. Ruth continued her membership at Madison Lutheran Church. She moved into Wellington Place in Decorah in August 2004.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Oliver, June 16, 1982; her two sons: Robert, July 4, 1933 and Ronald, Feb. 18, 1985; seven brothers: Nels (Tilla), Sander (Ellen), Benjamin (Amanda), Albert (Leona), Otto (Ruby), Richard (Lillie Mae) and Oscar (Mary Ann); and four sisters: Ida (Axel) Delfs, Myrtle (Harold) Watson, Sandora in infancy and Leone (Tony) Alman.
Ruth is survived by several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank everyone at Wellington Place for the wonderful care that was given to Ruth and the friendship that was shared with her during the nine years she was a resident there. Also, thank you to WMC Hospice for their personal care. Memorials may be given to Wellington Place, 2479 River Road, Decorah, IA 52101, WMC Hospice, 901 Montgomery Street, Decorah, IA 52101 or Madison Lutheran Church, 2658 Madison Road, Ridgeway, IA 52165.