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Ruth Werner - September 07, 2010


Ruth Werner was born on June 2 ,1921 in Perkins County on the family farm north of Grant, Neb. She was the second of three children born to Louis and Louise Geisert Pankonin. Ruth was baptized at the Trinity Lutheran Church north of Grant on July 3, 1921 and later confirmed on May 26, 1935.
Ruth grew up on the farm and attended elementary school at Trinity Lutheran parochial school before attending Perkins County High School, graduating with the Class of 1939. After high school, she attended a business college in Denver.
Ruth was married to Omer Werner on July 12, 1942 at the Trinity Church. They moved to California where he worked for Lockheed Aircraft before he was inducted into the armed forces during World War II. During the war, Ruth returned to Perkins County where she lived with her parents.
After his discharge, Ruth and Omer moved to Grant. She raised her family and helped her husband and later her son at Werner Paint and Tile for several years.
Ruth suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and moved to the Golden Ours Convalescent Home in Grant in 1997. She died at Golden Ours on Tuesday morning, Sept. 7, 2010, at the age of 89.
Ruth was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church during her early years and later transferred her membership to Zion Lutheran when the family moved into Grant. She was a member of the ABC Club and was an excellent seamstress, sewing most of her own clothing.
In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Omer in 1972, a granddaughter, Krissa Werner, and a brother, Wayne Pankonin.
She is survived by two sons, Darrell and wife Joyce Werner of Lincoln and David of Grant; one daughter Susan and husband Roland Wesch of McCook, Neb.; three grandchildren, Jennifer and husband Torro Dexter, Jason and wife Missy Wesch, and Jeff Werner; three great-grandchildren and her brother Laverne Pankonin in California; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010 at at the Grant Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Wayne Pick officiating.
Burial was in the Grant Fairview Cemetery.
A memorial has been established.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.