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Obituaries

Ruth E. Pelsma

Ruth E. Pelsma, 96, of Rockford and formerly of Oregon, died on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019 at Lincolnshire Place, Loves Park. 

She was born on Dec. 26, 1922 in Dixon, the daughter of Henry and Daisy Mae (Lowry) Schumacher. 

She married to Robert B. Pelsma on June 5, 1943 in Durham, North Carolina; he died Oct. 15, 2014. 

Ruth was a 1940 graduate of Dixon High School and was employed in the graphic arts department of E.D. Etnyre Co. in Oregon for many years. 

She was a longtime and active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Oregon. 

Ruth enjoyed delivering Meals on Wheels and also enjoyed reading, but her main interest was her love of and devotion to family. 

She is survived by her daughter, Jodi (Allen) Jameson of Rockford; son-in-law, Les Sponseller of Sharp’s Chapel, Tennessee; grandchildren, Amy (Tony) Bova, Brad (Amy) Sponseller, Andy (Miranda) Jameson and Dan (Morgan) Jameson; great-grandchildren, Julia and Christian Bova, Jack and Luke Jameson, Mae Jameson, and Sophia and Kaylee Sponseller. 

She was also predeceased by her parents; daughter, Judith Sponseller; brother, Henry; and sister, Goldie. 

Memorial Services will be held on Friday, Sept. 20 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Oregon, preceded by a visitation beginning at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Rich Tomlinson, of the church, will officiate. 

Private burial will be at Chapel Memorial Park, Dixon. 

Memorials in Ruth’s name may be made to Lincolnshire Place, Loves Park, or Transitions Hospice. 

Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon assisted the family with arrangements.  

Visit www.farrellhollandgale.com to leave online condolences. 

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