Ruth for Obit copy
Ruth Audrey Erk
  • 83 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 27, 1930
  • Place of birth:
    Waterloo, Iowa, United States
  • Date of passing: Nov 29, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    Boulder, Colorado, United States
We cannot believe it has been four years now since you went to be with Christ. Barbara, Susie, and I shared happy memories yesterday of our lives with you. Thank you for being such a fabulous Mom and role model in life. Miss you Mom!!
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Ruth Erk, 83, born on January 27, 1930 and passed away on November 29, 2013. We will remember her forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Susie Mitzelfeld on 12th December 2016

"Miss you so much always but especially this time of year!  We'll be lighting the advent candles for you this request of your dear grandchildren, Heidi and Peter, believe it!  You are in our lives every day!  Heidi sent a picture of your Christmas cactus in her classroom blooming.  Can you hear her teaching with the love you taught her?"

This tribute was added by Keith Erk on 29th November 2016

"I have to thank you for helping me be what I am today. Your quiet example for living a spiritual life resonates loudly. I miss your sweet voice; your cheery hello, comforting comments, and sense of humor. Always thinking of you, but especially today on the anniversary of your passing. Love you Mom!"

This tribute was added by Susie Mitzelfeld on 27th January 2016

"As a long day ends, I take the time to cherish your life with us on this your birthday.  Singing in choir last night made me hope you were listening and enjoying.  I miss you so much and thank you for every joyful part of life you shared with us all.  Dear Debbie Dyson...and many other sorority girls still look up to you as we all did.  You and Aunt Kitty and Aunt Marge were such great examples of what love brings to a family. Happy Birthday Mom!"

This tribute was added by Debbie Dyson on 27th January 2016

"I think of Ruth often. Not sure if the rest of the Erks know, but I'm a house mom at a sorority at IU now and love it. I talked to Ruth several times about it. I know she, my mom , and Aunt Kitty would all be happy about that. Happy birthday to a wonderful lady, who played a part in so many of my fondest childhood memories."

This tribute was added by Keith Erk on 27th January 2016

"I remember the beautiful smiles. I remember never a word of complaint; about health, home, happiness, or the lack thereof. What an example for us. You overcame so much in your life when it wasn't maybe fashionable and definitely not easy for a woman to do on her own. Your faith and trust in God was that example. Thanks Mom!! Happy Birthday!"

This tribute was added by Barbara Hjermstad on 29th November 2015

"I am so blessed  to  have  had you as my mother. You were  always teaching me to do what is right  and  fair. I am missing you so much. Missing the fun times  we always had together. Thank you for sharing all the  adventures. Love you Mom."

This tribute was added by Keith Erk on 29th November 2015

"Today is a day that I will always look upon with very mixed feelings. You passed on this day; leaving your pain and earthly suffering for the grace and mercy of God's Kingdom, but selfishness causes me to want you here. I miss you Mom and I regret each day that I was not a better son to you. I raise a toast to you today; Here's to a great Lady!!"

This tribute was added by Keith Erk on 28th January 2015

"Remembering all the great birthdays that you made sure were special for me, I can only hope and have faith that your celebrations are never-ending in heaven. I miss you  and love you dearly!! Happy 85th Mom."

This tribute was added by Susie Mitzelfeld on 30th November 2014

"We all tried very hard to feel happy even though we did remember how hard last Thanksgiving was.  As you taught us, each day of life is worth remembering.  We remembered many, many special moments with you all week and even made a recipe written in your handwriting.  Thank you for giving us a strong family and for helping us build our own.  You must be very proud of how your grandchildren are carrying on your teachings and love for others.  We all miss you so much!"

This tribute was added by Keith Erk on 30th November 2014

"Looking back on my life, I am reminded daily how Mom influenced the person I have become. Growing spiritually, I am amazed by her example of turning her life and will over to God. In doing so, she enriched everyone around her. Her positive outlook and belief in God's plan for her made each of her days special. God blessed her with the love of family and her children. When it's my time, I can only hope the same can be said of me. I love you Mom."

This tribute was added by Susie Mitzelfeld on 27th January 2014

"We would be celebrating tonight with you, out to dinner, laughing, remembering good times and you know we would have all been there!  Peter and Heidi really count on our family celebrations to hug you and make sure you know how much they love you!  Here's hugs and kisses and some tears to let you know how much you are missed!  Celebrate with us from on high, will you?"

This tribute was added by Heidi Mitzelfeld on 27th January 2014

"Happy 84th Birthday Grandma!  I wish you were here and we were all going out to Turley's for dinner. I drove by there the other day and thought of all the times we enjoyed meals there together. I'm sure you are having an even better party where you are so eat all the cake you want and dance to the angle band! XOXOXOXOX Heidi"

This tribute was added by Debbie Dyson on 9th January 2014

"Susie, Keith, and Barbie,
     Aunt Kitty just shared the news of Ruth's passing and I was so sorry to hear it. I have so many wonderful memories of your mom and your whole family while growing up. I remember her beautiful voice during Christmas caroling, her patience during sleepovers with Susie, and all the many, many fun times at Klinger Lake. So very sorry for your loss, but I know you have countless warm and loving memories of your mom.        PS.  You should all think about another Klinger Lake reunion! I know the Cochrans would love it."

This tribute was added by Karen Turner on 2nd January 2014

"Your mother was just the best, and I am so lucky to have known her.  As the Alumnae Advisory Chairman at the CU Pi Beta Phi Chapter, Ruth was so available and was such a wonderful person to talk to when I needed that time with her.  Barbie, I still laugh when she kept telling you that you couldn't blow out the candle at the Initiation Banquet.  That was just awesome!!  Peace and love to all of you, Morgan & Karen Turner"

This tribute was added by Nan Reinhardt on 19th December 2013

"I miss you so much already, dear Aunt Ruth, but I know you're in the midst of a glorious reunion in heaven. You grace and elegance are something I aspire to and your life blessed me and my family. Say hello to everyone there and give Mom a hug from me, okay? I love you!"

This tribute was added by Kay Norton on 10th December 2013

"Hi, Susie and Barbie (and Keith, whom I don't know), A friend forwarded the notice of your mother's passing. She and I exchanged Christmas cards until very recently, and I continue to count Ruth as one of my best friends whileI lived in Boulder 1985-90. I still remember pearls of wisdom she shared with me. She was an amazing support in my choir at St. Andrew Presbyterian. I wish you all peace as you get used to this new reality. I will miss her even though it's been about 10 years since I saw her last. With warm hugs inspired by a great lady-"

This tribute was added by Barbara Knafelc on 9th December 2013

"Dear Family,
Ruth is gone too soon. What a beautiful woman she was, so full of grace and elegance.  We will miss her sweet smile at all of our P.E.O. gatherings."

This tribute was added by Ronald Waugh on 8th December 2013

"Dear Susie, Barbie and Keith,

My deepest condolences to you and your families. Your mom was a great lady. And what a voice! A Christmas never goes by when I don't remember her singing "O Holy Night" at our church in Anderson.

Having lost both of my parents in the past 10 years, I understand how hard it will be to miss such a warm, wonderful person. I know she left a lot of great memories.

Algarrobo, Chile"

This tribute was added by cynthia Teschner on 8th December 2013

"Dear family, Ruth was a shining light in this world. Always had a loving and caring word to say to me and my family. I always felt welcomed and always got a hug every time I saw her. Our prayers and love are with you all!!! She will be missed. Love always."

This tribute was added by Susie Mitzelfeld on 8th December 2013

"Every day I miss one more thing about you but then I realize, you're still here with us in everything you taught us.  You're not gone but live forever in the kindness and acceptance you taught us about through your life actions.  Thank you, thank you for the 83 years spent loving everyone around you.  I aspire to carry on that love in your absence."

This tribute was added by Keith Erk on 1st December 2013

"Your passing was as graceful as you handled the rest of your life. Style and class to the end. You were always and remain beautiful to me.

Love you Mom!"

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