Ruth Margaret (Meyer) Lerdal, 99, died peacefully and surrounded by family at her home in Bickford Cottage on Oct. 3, 2013.
A funeral service was held Oct. 10 at the Renwick United Methodist Church in Renwick. Memorial contributions may be made to the Iowa City Hospice, the Renwick Public Library, a charity of choice or a donation to someone in need in Ruth’s honor.
Ruth was born in Britt on Jan. 30, 1914, to Lois and Henry Meyer. She graduated from Britt High School and attended the Britt Junior College for one year. She then attended the University of Minnesota, graduating with a degree in home economics education in 1935. Ruth taught in a number of Iowa school districts including College Springs, Onawa, Humboldt and Woden-Crystal Lake. She finished her teaching career in the Kanawha School District. She was also an extension home economist for Franklin County.
Ruth Married James Lerdal of rural Goldfield in 1948. In 1954 they moved to Lochhaven, the family farm, near Renwick. They had three children, Lois, Jim and John. Following her husband’s death in 1984, she moved to Britt in 1987. Ruth moved to Humboldt in 1999. She moved to the Iowa City area in 2012. Wherever she lived, she quickly developed deep friendships that endured until her death. Ruth was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Humboldt.
Ruth is survived by her sister Lois (Joe) Wier of Colts Neck, N.J., and children Lois (Bruce Guyer) James of Iowa City, Jim Lerdal and John Lerdal, both of Des Moines; her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.lensingfuneral.com.