Visitation5:00- 8:00 PM Friday, July 6, 2012 at O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin and one hour prior to the service Saturday at church
Funeral Services11:00 AM Saturday, July 7, 2012 at First Reformed Church of Baldwin
Ruth Marie Mentink, age 89 of Baldwin, passed away July 1, 2012 at the Baldwin Area Medical Center. Ruth was born June 3, 1923 in Baldwin; the daughter of Millard and Christine (Wolden) Reiton. She graduated from Baldwin High School 1941. Ruth was united in marriage to Jerome Mentink on December 27, 1945 at Woodside Lutheran Church. Their marriage was blessed with five children: Chris, Jon, Tim, Dave and Linda. Ruth was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Ruth was a farmer’s wife who provided for her family as a homemaker for many of her years. She also worked at First National Bank and the Baldwin Area Medical Center in her later years. Ruth enjoyed being involved in the First Reformed Church, Lone Pine 4H Club and Hopyard Homemakers’ group. After retirement, both Ruth and Jerome cherished their time together and were fortunate to do some traveling. Ruth enjoyed her time and friendships gained while living at the Baldwin Care Center and her family extends a very special thanks to the entire staff at the Care Center for their loving care. Ruth was a true servant of the Lord and will be dearly missed by all who love her.
She is survived by her children: Chris (Ernie) Aden of Apple Valley, MN, Jon (Jean) Mentink of Woodville, Tim (Kathleen) Mentink of Eau Claire, WI, Dave (Joan) Mentink of Woodville and Linda (Keith) Miller of Maplewood, MN; grandchildren: Teresa (Ben) Smith, Todd Aden, Tonya (Doug) Lecheler, Jeff (Allison) Mentink, Joe (Ann) Mentink, Jim (Beth) Mentink, Sara (Lee) Wyss, Mark Mentink, Kimberly Mentink, Angela Mentink, Michael (Diana) Mentink and Ben Miller; 10 great grandchildren; sister, Delores Vrieze of Baldwin; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Ruth is preceded in death by her husband, Jerome; parents, Millard and Christine Reiton; and sister, Evelyn Kerwin.
Funeral Services will take place 11:00 AM Saturday, July 7, 2012 at First Reformed Church of Baldwin with Pastor Tim Sluiter officiating. Visitation will take place 5:00- 8:00 PM Friday, July 6, 2012 at O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin and one hour prior to the service Saturday at church. Interment will take place at the Baldwin Cemetery with Ruth’s grandsons serving as active pallbearers and her granddaughters as honorary pallbearers. Funeral services have been entrusted to O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin (715) 684-3434.