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Ida Ruesler

September 5, 1914 — February 10, 2013

Ida Louise Ruesler Ida Louise Ruesler, 98, of Jackson, Missouri, died Sunday, February 10, 2013, at the Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She was the mother of Charlotte (Dudley) Blumenschein, Marysville. She was born September 5, 1914, in Friedheim, MO, to the late Henry and Katherine Louise Klaus Pohlmann. She married Wilbert H. "Wib" Ruesler on May 18, 1943, in El Paso, Texas, and he preceded her in death on September 13, 1999, following 56 years of marriage. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Janet Stoffle, a granddaughter, Susan Blumenschein, and a brother, Elmer (Erma) Pohlmann. Ida was raised in Friedheim, attending grade school at Arnsburg's one-room school. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Friedheim and remained a member there until the late 1960's, transferring her membership to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson. Her activities at St. Paul included LWML, Ladies Aid, the Quilting group, and the JOY group. Other affiliations were with the American Legion Auxiliary in Jackson, and the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary. Ida sold Avon for many years, even after Wib's death. She was well known for her "green thumb" with flowers and also for growing, harvesting, canning, and sharing bountiful produce from her garden. She enjoyed playing cards with friends, visiting with family, quilting, and sewing, and she was quite a cook. Loving survivors include three other children, Marilyn (Wayne) Ferkel, St. Louis, MO; Sharon (Bill) Laxton, Scott City, MO; and Wayne (Julia) Ruesler, Sikeston, MO; a son-in-law, Frank Stoffle, Atlanta, GA; 11 grandchildren, David (Amy) Ferkel, Michael (Bethany) Blumenschein, Angela, Christy, and Derek Laxton, Matthew (Diana) Ruesler, Samuel and Sarah Ruesler, Audrey, Jeffrey, and Jacob Stoffle; six great-grandchildren including Skylynn Roberts; four sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law, and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Friends may call Thursday, February 14, 2013, from 4-8 p.m. at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson, Missouri, and Friday, February 15, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson. Reverend David Johnson will officiate the service beginning at 10:30 a.m., and burial will take place at Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Radio Broadcast (Jackson, Missouri), The Lutheran Hour or to the donor's choice all in care of Mannasmith Funeral Home, 621 W. 5th St., Marysville, who is assisting the family locally. Condolences may be expressed at www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.
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