Ruth E. Ness, 87, once of Spring Valley

Ruth E. Ness, 87, formerly of Spring Valley, died Thursday, June 13, 2019, at the Stewartville Care Center where she had resided a short time.

She was born April 7, 1932, near Cherry Grove, to Anton and Anna (Westphall) Lorius. She attended the Hall School near Cherry Grove through the eighth grade and was later united in marriage to Lyle Horsman on Nov. 19, 1949, at the Methodist Church parsonage in Spring Valley. Two children, Ernest “Pete” and Linda were born to this union.

At the age of 50, she received her GED and went on to become a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1979. She utilized her training at Spring Valley Senior Living until her retirement. She also worked at group homes for the mentally disabled in Preston and Spring Valley. 

She played the accordion, was an avid reader, enjoyed camping with her grandchildren and going gambling with her sister, Jane. In 1994, she was united in marriage to Paul Ness at their home in Spring Valley where they resided until she entered Ostrander Care and Rehab.

She is survived by her children, Ernest “Pete” (Elly) Horsman of Spring Valley and Linda (Doug) Pohlen of Northfield; ten grandchildren, Erik Horsman, Hayden Horsman, Erin Warbois, Kelly James Schrandt, Kasey (Julie) Schrandt, Gina (Austin) Schatz, Andy (Kathleen) Horsman, Amy (Zach Taylor) Horsman, Sean (Kristi) Pohlen, Luke (Ashley) Pohlen; 24 great-grandchildren; two siblings, Fred (Evie) Lorius of Spring Valley and Mary Knauf of Chatfield; and the father of her children, Lyle H. Horsman of Caledonia.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; three sisters, Viola, Jane and Darlene.

Memorial services were held on Tuesday June 18, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. Betsy Dartt officiating. Burial was in the Washington Cemetery in rural Spring Valley. 

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