Ruth Thaden, age 79, of Brookings, SD, formerly of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away on April 30, 2020, at United Living Community in Brookings.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. at Wilmot City Cemetery in Wilmot, SD. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 6, starting at 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. at Mundwiler Funeral Home in Milbank. Casket bearers will be: Scott Thaden, Thomas Thaden, Rodney Thaden, Steve Lawson, Curtis Whempner, and James Michlitsch.
To protect the health and safety of all, services are currently being limited to 10 people as recommended by state and local authorities and the CDC. Expressions of sympathy during this time can be left on the condolences page available with the obituary on our website. The graveside service will be live streamed and recorded and will be viewable on our website. Friends who cannot attend the service welcome to drive in procession with the family to the cemetery, and stay in their cars during the committal service.
Ruth Ann Thaden was born on April 18, 1941, in Milbank, SD. She was the daughter of Theodore and Grace (Hippen) Thaden, and the twin sister of Ronald. Ruth grew up on the family farm near Twin Brooks, SD. She attended rural school at Kilborn #2 through the eighth grade, then attended Milbank High School and graduated with the Class of 1959. Immediately following her education, Ruth started working at Dakota State Bank in Milbank. She moved to Sioux Falls, SD, in 1970 and was employed with US Bank until retirement. She resided in Sioux Falls until moving to Park Place Assisted Living in Brookings, SD, in 2019.
Ruth was a very giving person of both of her time and her talents. She volunteered at her church and at the office of the Sioux Falls Seminary. She helped drive her friends to appointments, shopping, and enjoying the events at the Washington Pavilion while living in Sioux Falls.
Ruth was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church in Wilmot, SD, then joined the Sioux Falls congregation in 1975. The 23rd Psalm was a cherished scripture. Ruth adored her family, her niece, and her nephews. Each one was very special to her, especially her twin, Ron’s children and grandchildren.
Left to cherish her memory are her brothers: Gerald (Darlene) Thaden of Marvin, SD; Harold (Paula) Thaden of Wilmot, SD; and Ronald (Linda) Thaden of Brookings, SD; niece, Jane (Steve) Lawson, of Baltic, SD; nephews: Scott (Kristen) Thaden of Willmar, MN; Thomas Thaden of Brookings, SD; and Rodney (Rebecca) Thaden of Twin Brooks, SD; several great-nieces and great-nephews. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents: Theodore and Grace Thaden; half-sister, Edna Whempner; as well as many aunts and uncles.
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