Ruth M. Baumgartner

Ruth M. Baumgartner

Apr 26, 1929 – May 21, 2017

Ruth M. Baumgartner, age 88, entered eternal life to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Omaha, Nebraska. She was surrounded by her loving children and family.

Ruth was born on April 26, 1929, in Chicago Illinois to Walter and Elizabeth (Waje) Martensen. She was baptized at Golgotha Lutheran Church and confirmed at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, both in Chicago. She married her husband, Reverend George A. Baumgartner, on June 20, 1953, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Chicago. The date of their marriage still stands as one of the hottest days in Chicago history; it reached 104 degrees!

Ruth was a master seamstress and avid cook, helped make quilts and blankets at her church’s sewing circles, hemmed bridesmaid dresses, and mended many pieces of her family’s favorite clothes. She worked at Ryerson Steel in the addressograph department in Chicago. Ruth and George lived across the Midwest and lived in Yankton, SD for over 30 years. They moved to Las Cruces, New Mexicio in 1997 and lived there until George Baumgartner’s passing in 2012.

Those left to mourn Ruth’s passing and celebrate her life include a son, Walter Baumgartner and wife, Delvonna of Omaha; daughter, Carolyn Dibos and husband, Wayne of Las Vegas, Nevada; daughter, Louise Spiering and husband, Ray of Wahoo, Nebraska. She will be missed by her grandchildren: William Dibos (wife, Amanda), Jill and Laura Baumgartner, Allyson, Joel, Michael, and Melynda Spiering; great-granddaughter, Pepper Elizabeth Dibos; sister, Carol Niebergall and husband, Bill of White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Ruth was preceded in death by her infant son, George William Baumgartner; husband, Reverend George A. Baumgartner; sisters, Muriel Kierbs and LaVerne Kriebel; and a brother, Orville Martensen.

A Memorial Service is planned for Friday, June 9th, at 2pm at Lakeside Village Retirement Community in Omaha, Nebraska, with inurnment of cremains to take place at a later date in Chicago.  In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Mission Lutheran Schools, 2752 Roadrunner Parkway, Las Cruces, NM 88012.




  • William & Carol Niebergall Posted May 28, 2017 11:55 am

    She will be greatly missed! Sister Carol

  • Carol (Kierbs) Horner Posted May 29, 2017 8:31 am

    My heart is heavy. Thoughts and my prayers are with our whole family. Dearest Aunt Ruth.

  • Andrea Twomey Posted May 31, 2017 1:20 pm

    We will miss you Auntie RUthie,my dad always called Aunt Ruth, “Red”. You will be missed.

  • Myrna Weiland Posted September 10, 2018 5:23 pm

    I have been calling Ruth and to no avail. Even sent Wally & DeVonne an email. Now I looked up obituaries and find Ruth”s there. My husband, Lloyd has also died over a year ago and I’m living in independent living in Johnston, IA, suburb of Des Moines, IA. I express my love and sympathy to all the family. So many years of friendship!! May God give you His peace as He has given to me ~ Lovingly ~ Myrna Weiland

  • Myrna Weiland Posted September 10, 2018 5:33 pm

    Dear Family of Ruth ~ My love and sympathy to you all. We had so many good times together through the years!1 Lloyd also passed to his eternal home over a year ago. God bless you all and comfort you as He has done to me!! Lovingly ~ Myrna Weiland

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