Ruth Clara Nischwitz, age 94, of Gordonville passed away Sunday, October 20, 2019 at her home.
She was born August 13, 1925 near Gordonville to Herman W. and Bertha Suedekum Sander.
She was baptized September 20, 1925, in the home, by Rev. Vieh of St. James United Church of Christ, Tilsit and confirmed April 17, 1940.
Ruth attended grade school at the former Poplar Grove Elementary School and graduated in 1943 from Jackson High School as the Valedictorian of her class.
She and the late Harvey F. Nischwitz were married February 18, 1947. Ruth assisted her husband on their dairy farm for many years and later worked at Wal-mart for one and a half years.
In 1949, she joined Zion Lutheran Church, Gordonville and became a member of the Ladies Aid in 1958. She served this women’s service organization as president and, for a number of years, as treasurer. In her spare time, Ruth worked with many others in this group to make hundreds of quilts for Lutheran World Relief, and was also an active member of the Gordonville Homemakers Club.
In her younger days, Ruth enjoyed cooking, baking and gardening. Even in her nineties, she loved to play cards, work crossword puzzles, and remember family and friends with phone calls, greeting cards, jokes and humorous stories.
Loving survivors include a daughter, Jean (Jim) Stubbs of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; a son, James (Maria) Nischwitz of Wildwood, Missouri; four grandchildren, Kristen (Colin McMillen) Stubbs, Kaci Stubbs, Emily Nischwitz and Erin Nischwitz; a brother, Ralph (Jean) Sander of Golden, Colorado; and many devoted nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Ray Sander; and two sisters, Edna Lorberg and Blanche Schafer.
Visitation will be Friday, October 25, 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m. at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson, and on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10 a.m. until service time at Zion Lutheran Church in Gordonville. Funeral service will be Saturday, at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Gordonville, with the Rev. Wayne Schwiesow officiating. Interment will follow in Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in Gordonville.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Zion Lutheran Church, Gordonville or St. James UCC, Tilsit, Cemetery Fund.
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Zion Lutheran Church of Gordonville, MO
176 County Road 226, Gordonville MO 63701
St. James Cemetery @ St. James United Church of Christ in Tilsit
245 County Road 366, Jackson MO 63755