Ruth Severson


Ruth Alma Severson, age 107, of Erwin, S.D., passed away at Good Samaritan Society, De Smet S.D., on June 10, 2022.

She was born on March 26, 1915, to Gustave and Martha Papendorf. She was baptized at St. John’s Evangelical Church in Wausau and confirmed at First Presbyterian Church in Wausau.

Ruth graduated from Wausau High School in 1933. After high school, she worked as a bookkeeper for the Singer Sewing Machine Company in Wausau and Minneapolis, Minn. While in Minneapolis, she did her patriotic duty of writing letters to a WWII service man. When he returned from his duty, she married Idor Severson on October 12, 1947. They lived in Erwin, S.D., always proud to have an American flag flying in front of their home.

During her time in Erwin, Ruth was an active member of the United Church of Christ, Women’s Fellowship, American Legion Auxiliary, the East Erwin Extension Club, the Erwin/Lake Preston Bridge Club, and a founding member of the Chit and Chat Club. Ruth and Idor spent many years camping with a camping club as well as attending Army Air Force reunions.

Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, friends, neighbors and nurses. She never forgot the nieces’ and nephews’ birthdays when they were growing up.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Idor; four sisters, Dorothy, Alda, Louise and Margaret; brother, Leslie and nephew, Tom.

A memorial service for Ruth will be held at the Legion Hall/United Church of Christ in Erwin on Thurs., June 16, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Marji Brewton officiating. Burial will be in the Erwin Cemetery. At Ruth’s request, memorials may be sent to 43008 195th St. Bryant, SD 57221 to be divided for Prairie Retreat, Erwin UCC and Erwin Cemetery Fund.

The family would like to thank and recognize the amazing care teams at Good Samaritan Society and Avera Hospice.

Arrangements by Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel

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