RUTH EDLIN, 91, of Jackson, passed away on Friday, November 19, 2010, at the Jackson Good Samaritan Center. Memorial Service will be on Monday, November 22, 2010, at 2 PM at Our Saviors Lutheran Church with Pastor Lance Isaacson officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
RUTH ADALINE TORKELSON was born on May 31, 1919 in Emmetsburg, Iowa, the daughter of Sam and Ida (Hatland) Torkelson. She was raised on a farm, attended country school and graduated from Emmetsburg High School at the age of 16. She graduated from Waldorf College at the age of 18 with a degree in education. After her education, she taught in rural schools in Iowa for three years. In 1942, she moved to Seattle, Washington and worked at Boeing Manufacturing in the drafting department. On June 21, 1946 in Emmetsburg, Iowa, she was united in marriage to Milton L. Edlin. In 1951, they moved to Jackson after Milton had graduated from South Dakota State University and made their home together. Milton passed away on July 20, 2004. Ruth continued to make her home in Jackson and later became a resident of the Jackson Good Samaritan Center where she passed away on Friday, November 19, 2010 at the age of 91 years, 5 months and 19 days.
Ruth was an active member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church for almost 60 years. She served on the Church Council, taught release time, a member of the Missionary Prayer Group, the Church Librarian, sang in the Church Choir, and was active in many Circles. She was a member of the League of Women Voters, Jackson Garden Club, served on the Girl Scout Council and was a member of the VFW Auxiliary.
Ruth is survived by her three children, MaryLou Rabe, Lance (Jodi) Edlin, and Julianne Lenertz; her five grandchildren, Brent (Michelle) Miller, Fred Lenertz, Jr., Aubre Rabe, Nathan Rabe and Michele Edlin; two great-grandchildren, Brielle and Taylor Miller; and her two sister-in-laws, Lucille Hale and Wilda Torkelson.
Blessed be the memory of Ruth Adaline Torkelson.