Wednesday, May 17, 1933
Date of Death:
Friday, November 18, 2022
89 years old
Ruth Nellie Marie Tulledge, 89 years old, of Rochester, MN died on November 18, 2022 from complications of a stroke, at Season’s Hospice in Rochester, MN.
Ruth was born in Hilbert, Wisconsin on May 17, 1933 to Helen (Perock) and Walter Schmidt. She moved to Oshkosh, Wisconsin as a child where she attended St. Mary’s Catholic School through Junior High School, graduating as the Valedictorian. In June 1951, she graduated from Oshkosh High School with highest honors. She received an RN degree from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. Her first nursing job was as a clinical instructor at Mercy Hospital School of Nursing.
Ruth met the love of her life, C. Dean Tulledge at Leon’s Frozen Custard, where she worked as a car hop. On September 10, 1955, she married Dean at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. They moved to Madison, Wisconsin where Dean was completing his college degree. They spent their first few years of marriage there. While there, Ruth assisted with opening the first, post-anesthesia recovery room. The couple moved to Rochester in 1962 when Dean was hired by IBM.
Ruth and Dean lived most of their married life in rural Rochester (Genoa area), where they enjoyed raising their family. Ruth gardened, canned, and made jam for which she won blue ribbons at the Minnesota State Fair. After the children had grown, and a 25-year hiatus from work, Ruth reentered the workforce as a Registered Nurse for Mayo Hospice, Shamrock Nursing, Nutrisystem, IBM, and Crenlo. She also enjoyed traveling internationally with Dean, seeing many parts of the world together.
She is survived by her three children, Daniel (Pamela) Tulledge of Hillsborough, NC, Sidna Tulledge-Scheitel (Mark) of Rochester, MN and Suzanne Dahl (Manny Perez) of Lakeville, MN and her sister Patricia Doemel (John) of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Ruth has eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two sisters, and a brother.
The Funeral Mass for Ruth will be held on December 2, 2022 at 11:00AM at Pax Christi Catholic Church with Rev. John Sauer officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the Mass at the Church. Burial will be in Center Grove Cemetery, Douglas, MN.
Memorials are preferred to St. Vincent DePaul https://giving.parishsoft.com/app/giving/paxchristirochester or Season’s Hospice https://www.seasonshospice.org/donations-form whose staff compassionately cared for Ruth since October 14, 2022.
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I enjoyed getting to know Ruth while serving as lector with her at Pax Christi. Such a kind and loving lady. May the angels lead her in to paradise.
So Sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time. I pray that you will have comfort and peace in the healing arms of the Lord knowing your mom is no longer suffering and that she is in heaven. May God give her rest and may you and your family feel the love of the Lord.
Dan, Pam, Sidna, Mark and grandchildren,
So so sorry for the loss of your mother. My heart aches and prays for all of you. What an awesome lady! I will try to make the visitation, just not sure. Will be thinking of you all and keeping u in my prayers. Sheri Trygstad Urban
Time spent is never wasted. Each moment is precious and can not be done over. We are able to remember and cherish the time passed and move forward to the next time together. This is not all there is. Thank you for sharing your journey. Simply grateful, Gordon Griffith
May you be comforted in the knowledge that Ruth is now with Our Lord. Our deepest condolence to the whole family. 💕
Our condolences and prayers being offered from the Bureaus for the Tulledge and Rauh families.
Our deepest sympathies are with your family during this time. We are blessed to have been able to sit and pray with her in the last few days. We will continue to pray for her and for peace for all of you.
Thinking of your family at this difficult time. Your mom was a very special woman with such grace, compassion and love in her heart. We are sending healing prayers and comfort to each of you.