Ruth E. Kraft — Rochester

Funeral services for Ruth E. Kraft, 97, of Rochester, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at Byron United Methodist Church in Byron, with the Rev. Beth Perez officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. at the Hillcrest Cemetery in rural La Crescent.

Memorials are suggested to the Byron United Methodist Church, Byron, or South Ridge United Methodist Church, La Crescent.

Ruth Elizabeth Huebner was born Feb, 21, 1918, in Ypsilanti, N.D., to Frank and Martha (Schmidt) Huebner. She died on Feb. 25, 2015, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester.

Ruth moved to Minnesota with her family as a young girl and graduated in 1936 from Houston High School, and as an RN from St. Francis School of Nursing in La Crosse, Wis., in 1939. Ruth worked at St. Francis Hospital in surgery at La Crosse, Wells Hospital, Wells, Minn., Janesville Nursing Home, Janesville, Minn., the Good Samaritan Home, Pipestone and Fairview Care Center, Dodge Center. She married Rev. Harold E. Kraft on Aug. 25, 1953, at the South Ridge Evangelical United Bretheran Church in rural La Crescent. Ruth served many churches with her husband in Deer Creek and Ottertail; Rice Lake and Brush Creek; St. Clair and Beauford; Pipestone, Salem and Jasper; and Dodge Center.

Ruth is survived by her daughter, Mary (Grant) Christiansen of Rochester; two grandchildren, Steven and Amy Christiansen; sister-in-law, Ramona Huebner; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Harold in 2014, brothers and sisters-in-law, Vernon (Ruth), Kenneth, Daniel (Yvonne) and Hollis; sisters and brother-in-law, Lillian and Naomi (Richard) Reed.

Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester, MN 55901, 507-289-3600, .