Ruth H. Braegelmann

Ruth H. “Ruthie” Braegelmann, age 88 of Melrose, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at the CentraCare Health Hospital in Melrose, Minn. 

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was Friday, May 31, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Meire Grove with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Private inurnment will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Melrose at a later date.

Ruth Hedwig Schlicht was born Aug. 6, 1930, in Albany, Minn., to Hubert and Helen (Hofmann) Schlicht. She was united in marriage to Celestine “Mike” Braegelmann on June 10, 1947, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Melrose. She enjoyed her Monday morning coffee party group for over 60 years and played in her Bridge group for 50 plus years. She volunteered her time at St. Mary’s School and worked at Kuhlmann Drug in Melrose. Ruthie was a great cook. She made the best dressing, homemade bread, chocolate chip cookies, and fried bread dough, famously known as Strohsack, that all the neighborhood kids would show up to share.

Ruthie was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose where she sang in the choir and taught CCD “religious education” for many years. She was also a member of Schanhaar-Otte V.F.W. Post 7050 Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 101, and the Christian Mothers.

Survivors include her children, JoAnn (Gary) Jasicki of Weyerhaeuser, Wis., Michael (Zona) Braegelmann of Tucson, Ariz., Patrick (Sandy) Braegelmann of Big Birch Lake, Russell (Linda) Braegelmann of Melrose, Roger (Roberta) Braegelmann of Tucson, Ariz., Jeffry (Becky) Braegelmann of New Ulm, and Jerry Braegelmann of Woodstock, Conn.; nine grandchildren, Chantel (Jason Haukos) Braegelmann, Ryan (Lori) Braegelmann, Nicole (Chad Yoeckel) Braegelmann, Ashley (Cory) Groves, Erik (Hannah) Braegelmann, Rachel (Joe) Dunlavy, Jon (Kylie) Braegelmann, Peter Braegelmann, and Killian Braegelmann; eight great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Cyril Braegelmann of Melrose and Nick Braegelmann of Melrose; and sister-in-law, Gysella Moore of Eagle Lake.

Ruthie was preceded in death by her husband, Celestine “Mike” Braegelmann on Dec. 13, 2013; parents, Hubert and Helen Schlicht; sister, Char Traeger; brother, David Schlicht; granddaughter, Jenna Lagergren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ervin and Leona Althaus, Ray and Celina Althaus, Doris Ann Braegelmann, Doris Braegelmann, William Moore, and Lloyd Traeger.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services in Melrose.