September 20, 2022 at 3:26 p.m.

Ruth M. Linn

Ruth M. Linn
Ruth M. Linn


Ruth “Ruthie” M. Linn, 72, of St. Anthony, passed away surrounded by her family Sept. 18, 2022, at her home in St. Anthony, after a 16-month valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 23, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Anthony with the Rev. Julius Beckermann, O.S.B., officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22, and 10-10:45 a.m., Sept. 23, at the church in St. Anthony. 

Ruth Marie Gerads was born July 29, 1950, in St. Cloud,  to Edward and Rose (Althaus) Gerads. After graduating from high school, she worked for the Stearns County Welfare Administration three years. She married Fred Linn Nov. 20, 1971, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Anthony. Together, they farmed in St. Anthony where they spent their whole life raising a family and making many memories. 

Ruth was a member of the St. Anthony Catholic Church and taught religion 21 years. She was also a member of the Christian Mothers and the St. Anthony Community Club. She was an avid Twins fan and enjoyed watching game shows, gardening, butterflies, cats, listening to The Beatles and The Beach Boys, and, most of all, cooking and spending time with her family and friends who were most important to her. 

Survivors include her husband, Fred Linn, of St. Anthony; children Stephanie (Chris) Ellis of Albertville, Karen Johnson of Sauk Rapids, David Linn of Annandale, and Robert (Kayla) Linn of Annandale; grandchildren Vanessa, Lance, and Landon Ellis, Hayven Linn and Kylen Johnson; sister JoAnn Heinen of Anoka; and brother Larry (Aggie) Gerads of Albany. 

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, grandson Noah Ellis, sister Carol Finken and infant sister Jane Gerads. 

Serving as casket bearers will be Ben Felling, Joe Vos, Alex Katzner, Brian Ritter, Tom Gerads and Stephen Nienaber. Cross bearer will be Vanessa Ellis, and scripture bearer will be Hayven Linn. Readers will be Sharon Weyer and Betty Mrozek. Petitions will be read by Lance and Landon Ellis and Kylen Johnson. Gift bearers will be Vanessa, Lance and Landon Ellis, Hayven Linn and Kylen Johnson.

A special thank you to the staff at the Coborn Cancer Center and the Freeport Rescue Squad for the wonderful care they provided Ruth. 

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




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