Ruth Stenberg

September 26, 1925 ~ May 5, 2021 (age 95)


Ruth Marion Stenberg, 95, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, May 5, at the Good Samaritan Society, in Pine River, MN.

Ruth was born September 26, 1925 in Hill City, MN. She married Gerald Stenberg August 9, 1947 and together had two children Gayle and Leigh. 

Ruth was a longtime fixture in the Backus community. She and Gerald, before he passed in 1953, owned the Red Owl grocery store in town. Ruth was an elementary teacher and principal at Backus Elementary school until her retirement in 1982, where she touched and helped shape many children’s lives. In retirement she enjoyed volunteering at Deep Portage Learning Center, serving at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hackensack, and most importantly spending time with her family.

Ruth is survived by her daughter, Leigh Metcalf; her granddaughter, Vicki Kush (Salzwedel) and husband, James; her grandson, Gerald Salzwedel; her granddaughter, Amy Orilall (Metcalf) and husband Chris; her granddaughter, Amanda Mikota (Metcalf) and husband Chad; and her great-grandchildren: Kaeli, JJ, Adryanna, Tyler, Anna, Marcus, and Harper.

A private ceremony will be held for family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Deep Portage Learning Center.

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