Ruth Veglahn, 91, formerly of Preston

Ruth Veglahn, 91, of Chatfield and formerly of Preston, died on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at the Clara House in Harmony.

She was born on Jan. 19, 1928, to Hellick and Ronnaug (Sather) Johnson.

After leaving home, she married Rudolph “Rudy” Veglahn and they settled down on the family farm.

Throughout the years they farmed and raised beef cattle, hogs and chickens. She assisted with the day-to-day chores on the farm and had a great love for all animals. 

She had a green thumb and was always working in her gardens. She grew her own strawberries, raspberries and grapes and had several gardens for produce and vegetables along with many beautiful flowers. When her husband’s health deteriorated and he had to go into the nursing home, she was at his side every day for eight years. 

She had several hobbies that included oil painting, drawing, reupholstering furniture, landscaping, woodcarving, arts and crafts, gardening, canning, making her own wine, cooking and baking. She especially loved to oil paint on canvas and later painted on saw blades. She became a well-known artist in the area. In her later years, she refused to sit still and started to do other crafts such as wood burning and painting on leaves and feathers. She loved to do painting and crafts with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed a good glass of wine and playing cards with friends. 

She was an active member of the Homemakers Club, Root River Artists Group and was a 50-year member of the VFW Auxiliary.

She is survived by her daughters, Rosalie Krips of Preston and Renita (Kevin) Heibel of Harmony; brother, Harold Johnson of Chatfield; grandchildren, Wendy (Rick) Kryzer of Rushford, Christopher Krips of Spring Grove, Amanda (Brad) Fischer of Snohomish, Wash., Brittany (Bryan) Milnes of Morrison, Ill., and Joshua (Stephanie) Heibel of Harmony; great-grandchildren, Samantha, Tyler and Dylan Kryzer of Rushford, Brenna and Montana Krips of Spring Grove, Paige and Presley Milnes of Morrison, Ill., and Abbylynn Heibel of Harmony and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph; brother, Norval Johnson and sisters, Bea Rott, Gladys Porawski and Margaret Johnson. 

Funeral services for her were held on Monday, June 3, at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston. Burial followed the service at Crown Hill Cemetery in Preston. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. 

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