Ruth E. Myer

Monday, August 8, 2011

Ruth E. Myer, age 86, of Marathon, died Aug. 1, 2011, at the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Aug. 5, at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Albert City. Burial was in the Poland Township Cemetery in Marathon. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Albert City was in charge of arrangements.

Ruth Evelyn Pischel, the daughter of Carl and Retha (Beals) Pischel, was born near Jefferson, on Oct. 24, 1924. She lived her youth and received her education in the Jefferson and Glidden, Iowa area, graduating from the Glidden High School. She began her nursing education at Carroll, and later completed her LPN degree at Cherokee.

Ruth was united in marriage to Floyd Myer at the Pleasant Ridge Friends Church near Glidden, on May 3, 1950, and this couple was blessed with three daughters: Ruth Evelyn (Evie), Esther Joyce, and Ellen Marie. Following their marriage, Floyd and Ruth farmed near Emmetsburg, and Utica, Ill. before moving to Marathon in 1960. Ruth assisted Floyd on the farm and was also a devoted and caring nurse for 17 years at the Pocahontas Hospital. In addition to caring for her own family, Ruth was also a "second mother" to many nieces and nephews. Ruth reached out to youth in the inner city and hosted children in her home, especially a girl from Des Moines named Beverly who became a part of the Myer family. Ruth is honored as a wonderful grandmother who would do anything for her grandchildren. Also, Ruth had a very special place in her heart for her sons-in-law and loved them very much.

Special interests of Ruth's included bird watching, tending to her flowers, and being a member of the Red Hat Society. Ruth was blessed with the gift of hospitality and everyone was always welcome in her home. She was a talented organist and played the organ for the Marathon Evangelical Free Church and served as a Sunday School and Bible School teacher. Ruth had the heart of a servant and served as a volunteer, including being a camp nurse at the Twin Lakes Bible Camp. She also served for many years on the Care Review committee at the Pleasant View Nursing Home in Albert City. On a weekly basis, Ruth would play the organ for the residents of the nursing home adding to their enjoyment. She was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church of Albert City where she served the church in many capacities. Ruth enjoyed spending time outdoors and helped mow the Poland Township Cemetery at Marathon.

Ruth's life will always be honored and cherished by her family which include her husband, Floyd of Marathon; children: Evelyn (Evie) and Greg White of Jefferson City, Mo.; Esther and Dan Mullen of Fonda; Ellen and Roger Buehler of Odebolt; grandchildren: Jorgen, Bjorn, Adam, Bradley, Abby, Barry, Josiah and John; one brother, Jack Pischel of Oklahoma City, Okla.; sister, Marjorie Musgrove of Webster City; nieces; nephews; other extended family and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters: Irene Possehn and Kathryn Sailor; and one brother, Gene Pischel.