Ruth E. Kind

Ruth E. Kind, 91, of 103 West Midway Street, Rosendale, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at St. Agnes Hospital, Fond du Lac.


She was born in Fond du Lac on March 2, 1922, the fifth daughter of Paul and Laura Borchardt Rost.  She was baptized on April 2, 1922 at Immanuel-Trinity Lutheran Church by the late Rev. John Becker.  She was also confirmed in that same church and by the same pastor on April 5, 1936.


Ruth attended Franklin School, Wilson School, Roosevelt Junior High School and graduated from Fond du Lac Senior High School in 1939.  She then attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, and later transferred to Green Lake County Normal in order to get the necessary credits to teach in the Wisconsin Rural Schools.  She taught for three years in the Fond du Lac County Rural Schools.


On June 2, 1945, she was united in marriage to John E. Kind of Van Dyne, in the same church and by the same pastor who had baptized and confirmed her.  They made their home in Rosendale, as that is where her husband was employed in the canning factory. 


They joined Peace Lutheran Church and remained very active members until the time of their deaths.  Ruth served faithfully in the Sunday school, Bible school, Choir, Library, Tape and Flower Ministry, Visitors Communication, the Ladies Aid and their many projects for Lutheran World Relief.  She was also a 4-H leader and had a den of Cub Scouts in her home for several years.  She also worked at the canning factory and was a secretary and board member of the Rosendale Mutual Insurance Company for several years.


After her husband’s retirement, they did a lot of traveling, covering all 50 states plus all the provinces of Canada, and a trip to Jamaica.  They also took a trip to Europe and visited the land of Martin Luther, and the birthplace of Ruth’s grandparents who had come to the United States in the 1860’s and 1870’s.  A couple years after that trip, they took another trip overseas which covered some more European countries and they spent five days in Russia.


Also after her husband’s retirement, they purchased some lake property in Marinette County, and they spent every summer enjoying fishing, sight-seeing, and the many birds and wildlife that came to their property and their many feeders.


Ruth was an avid reader, loved to do crossword puzzles, play cards, sing, and working for her church in various capacities.  She was a big Chicago Cub fan and Green Bay Packer fan.


Ruth leaves to mourn her death, a daughter, Charleen (Terry) Walker of West Allis; two sons:  Robert Kind of Brookfield, and Douglas Kind of Fond du Lac; a grandson, Jonah Kind of Brookfield; a sister, Mildred (Greg) Destito of Rome, New York; a sister-in-law, Dolores Kind of Fond du Lac; many nieces, nephews, and friends.  She also leaves behind two special young friends, Ben Julka and Seth Zimmerman, both of Rosendale; as well as two very special neighbors, Herb and Shirley Marousek of Rosendale.


She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John, on July 13, 2006, after 61 years of marriage; three sisters:  Laurette, Irene, and Ethel; two brothers:  Orville and Lyle; seven brothers-in-law:  George O’Hearn, Alden Laning, William Hollander, Mike Patoka, Edwin Stephany, Frank Miller, and Harold Kind; and three sisters-in-law:  Joan Rost, Olive Stephany, and Annabelle Miller.


The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Peace Lutheran Church, 124 South Main Street, Rosendale, with Rev. Charles Thompson officiating.  Burial will follow in Rosendale Cemetery.


The visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Mach Funeral Chapel & Crematory, 31 E. Division Street, Fond du Lac, and at church on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.


Memorials may be directed to Peace Lutheran Church.


Mach Funeral Chapel & Crematory is serving the family,