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Ruth Hobelman


December 3, 2020

Ruth Elizabeth Topliff Hobelman was born to Henry N. and Leona A. (Birdsell) Topliff in Colin Township Jewell County, Kan., on Oct. 19, 1924. On Nov. 24, 2020, with the wind at her back, a skip in her step and a song on her lips Ruth went home for the holidays at the age of 96.

Jan. 4, 1946, Ruth married the dashing Emery D. Hobelman at Centennial Lutheran Church in Superior. Into this union five girlswere born, Mary, Betty, Patti, Peggy and Pam.

In her youth Ruth stayed busy attending Sinclair Rural School in Lovewell, Kan., chores on the family farm and active in White Rock Valley 4-H.

Ruth worked outside the home most of her married life but still managed to sew most of her and her daughters' clothing. Ruth was active in teaching Sunday school, Toastmasters, Lovewell Library Club, Webber Homemakers, played the kazoo in the Webber Kitchen Band and sang duets at weddings and funerals. On Sunday afternoons you would find her on the sofa reading the paper until the paper was flat on her face and you could hear her softly snoring.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Emery; daughter, Betty Hobelman; grandson, Jon Erickson; her siblings and their spouses, Lewis and Minnie Topliff, MaryLou and Charles Swanson, Donna and Ray Clark; and a nephew, Chris Swanson.

She leaves to carry on her lightheartedness daughters, Mary Shrontz,

Patti (Bill) Vice, Peggy (Kurt) Saathoff and Pam Sandman; 10 grandchildren; and numerous great- and great-great- grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.

Because of COVID-19, her service will be held at a later date.

A huge thank you to the staff of Good Samarian Homes in Superior.

Condolences may be sent to the family at Williams Funeral Home of Superior is charge of the arrangements.


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