Ruth (nee Webber) Wutzke

October 17, 1933 - November 17, 2021


Obituary For Ruth (nee Webber) Wutzke

Ruth (nee Webber) Wutzke, resident of Beaverlodge, AB, formerly of Berwyn/Peace River, AB, passed away on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, peacefully at her home, at the age of 88 years.

Ruth was born on October 17, 1933, to the Webber family. She grew up on a farm in Berwyn, working alongside her mother, sister, and brothers during the great depression. Ruth took great pride in hard work and perseverance with the Lord's help. On June 10th, 1953, Ruth married Carl Wutzke of Berwyn. They went on to build their own Ranch in Hines Creek, AB, called Montagneuse River Ranch, raising two children there. In 1981, they built their ranch home on Saskatoon Mountain, which Ruth maintained independently until her last day.

Ruth was an avid gardener. During a missionary trip to Ghana, she amazed the locals by successfully cultivating a crop of fruits such as papaya, pineapples, and coconuts from seed. She was an accomplished organist, playing for St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hines Creek for many years. Ruth was also an artist, preferring landscape painting, but always having an eye for detail and the unique. She even taught a painting class for women in the community between 1975-1980.

Ruth will be sadly missed by her children Melanie Wutzke-McColm and Douglas Wutzke; grandchildren: Jason (Darla) Wutzke, Stewart Wutzke, Jaime (Josh) Farmer, Jeremiah Johnson and Joeni Fragadakis; great-grandchildren: Brenna Farmer, Keela Farmer, Halle Wutzke, Samara Wutzke, Christopher Rogers, and Amelia Rogers; sister Adeline Webber-Spilsted; her church family at St. John's Lutheran Church in Wembley led by Pastor Ken Eifert; as well as Carl and Carol Mayer, long-time close friends and neighbors who were a great help to Ruth for many years.

Ruth was predeceased by her husband Carl Wutzke; granddaughter Lisa Wutzke, brothers Joseph Webber and Raymond Webber; as well as mother Katherine York-Webber.

“Many miss the beauty of the land while looking for things money can buy” ~ Ruth Wutzke

"Perhaps, in Paradise, there will be treed pathways for me, peaceful and quiet, with only the leaves rustling, birds singing, as well as all kinds of lovely things to see" -Ruth Wutzke

A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at 1:00pm, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wembley, AB. Interment to follow at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorial Donations may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church (Box 339, Wembley, AB, T0H 3S0).




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  • Condolences to Melainie and Doug. Your mother was great example hard working farm woman, yet artistic and literate plus a loving mom. Rest and peace and being reunited with your hubby Carl. Hugs to all relatives. I was surprised to see her maiden name to be Webber , as my grand dad was Weber.

  • My condolences to the family of Ruth Wutzke. I was a child in the Hines Creek Lutheran church while Ruth was the organ player and I always wished that I could play too so I would watch but it didn't help me. When Ruth taught painting I was part of that class with my mom and still remember wanting to do a spruce tree with a million needles to paint. I do love the quote that is attributed to Ruth. ""Many miss the beauty of the land while looking for things money can buy" ~ Ruth Wutzke Marlene Wolski

  • My condolences to Doug, Melanie and families on the loss your Mother and Grandmother. Treasure and find comfort in the many memories you have. I am glad I had a nice chat with Ruth on the Sunday before she left us. And of course we had a couple of laughs about happenings from by-gone days. I was 9 years old when I was flower girl for Ruth and Carl's wedding - I felt special in my pretty floor length mint green dress and new white shoes. Rest In Peace Auntie. - Carol (Webber) Rusinek

  • Our sympathies to Doug, Melanie and families during this difficult time. I don't remember exactly when I met Ruth and Carl but do know that my parents and I moved to our respective "ranches" west of the Montagenuse in the early 1950s. Memories of our time there (Carl or Ruth [usually Ruth] driving us the 15 miles to catch the school bus which transported us another 15 miles to school; us going off the road into the willow bushes, with Ruth driving, when a tie-rod end broke on the car!!) stand out the most. Although we haven't kept closely in touch over the past few years I've always heard about how Ruth was doing through Doug, Melanie and other, mutual, family members. Rest in Peace Ruth.

  • Mum... you have been a rock for me. Thank you for all you have done for our family with your ever present... never failing love.

  • Ruth was my Mother-in-law from 1976 to 1990. We still kept in touch over the years. Ruth was one of the strongest, most self-reliant women I have ever known. Inside she had the most caring heart. She loved her family, nature and God. She lived her life based on those loves. She was an example for me, as a woman, as a Mother and as a Grandmother to my children. I was blessed to have had her and Carl in my life. I know at this time, she and Carl are enjoying a wonderful reunion. May we all treasure the wonderful memories we have of this amazing woman. Barbara

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