Ruth E. Voegtline

GWINN, MI. – Ruth E. Voegtline, 96, formerly of Pine St., Gwinn, entered eternal life on Sunday, May 18, 2014 in the loving, comforting presence of her family and the caring staff at the Eastwood Nursing Center where she had resided since August, 2010.

Ruth was born September 7, 1917 in Palmer to William and Selina (Davis) Cowin and was raised in Palmer and Salisbury Location before moving to Gwinn. She graduated from Gwinn High School, Class of 1936.

Ruth married Newell Voegtline on May 10, 1941 and two weeks later Newell was drafted into the Army and left for LaJolla, CA. During his absence, Ruth went to Wenetka, IL and worked in an antique shop while also caring for the owner’s small child. Ruth took the train to California to celebrate her first wedding anniversary with her husband.

Ruth worked for the Gwinn Area Community Schools in the hot lunch program, as a custodian, and also teaching preschool, which she did for 20 years, retiring in 1978. Many of her preschool students have invited her to their high school graduations, weddings and baby showers. Teaching was always her first love, and several times each week she could be seen with her basket of goodies walking into the Gilbert School to meet her students.

Mrs. Voegtline was a longtime member of Gwinn United Methodist Church and the choir, the United Methodist Women, the Merry Mixers, the Gwinn Historical Society and the RSVP Volunteer Program. As late as age 92, Ruth was driving the ‘old people’ to their doctor appointments.

Her most fun times, though, were spent dancing. Rock, Trenary, Gwinn, Marquette, the local nursing homes; you always found Ruthie where there was music. Now that she is no longer confined to her wheelchair, her feet will be dancing in heaven.

Surviving are her daughter, Kaye (Bob) Vick of Marquette; her son, Grant (Sherri) Voegtline of Sault Ste. Marie; 4 grandchildren: Chuck (Laurie), Jeff (Lynn) Mary and Joanne; 3 great-grandchildren: Brianna, Lindsie and Kevin; her brother, Keith (Gail); and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; sister, Myrtle; and brothers, David, Robert and Harold.

Funeral services to celebrate Ruth’s life will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, May 22nd at Gwinn United Methodist Church with Rev. Geri Hamlen officiating. Burial will be in the Gwinn Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Ruth’s nephews: Tony and Meynell Voegtline, and Mike, Bill, Bob and Rodney Wills. The family will greet relatives and friends from 11:00 am until the time of services at 1:00 pm at the church on Thursday, and also at a luncheon in the church fellowship hall following the service.

Memorial contributions may be directed in Ruth’s memory to the Gwinn United Methodist Church, the Gwinn Historical Society, or the Gwinn Merry Mixers.

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