MARQUETTE, MI. - Ruth Ann (Eva) Kellner (Nettleton) of Marquette, MI passed away peacefully on December 8, 2013 at Norlite Nursing Center where she had resided for the past nine months of her wonderful 93 years.
Ruth was the fifth child born to Egbert and Ada (Whirry) Nettleton on the family dairy farm in Marinette, WI, February 21, 1920. Ada passed away when Ruth was just four years old and Egbert went on to raise Ruth and her five siblings.
Ruth graduated from high school, attended teacher's training college and began a four year teaching career at the age of 16, barely older than her eldest student. She taught in a one room school house down the road from the family farm where she was responsible for chopping wood and feeding the wood stove, as well as the education of her students.
Ruth A. Kellner
In later years, once her children were grown, Ruth worked in the bookstore at Northern Michigan University.
Ruth became smitten with a fine young man by the name of Vernon Kellner. When he went off to fight in World War II Ruth moved to Milwaukee where she worked several jobs. The one she was most proud of was working in a munitions plant.
Upon Vernon's return to Menominee after a year of hospitalization following his military service Ruth and Vernon married and began their family.
In 1960, Ruth and Vernon moved to Marquette. Ruth was kept busy raising her family and always welcomed her children's friends in to their home or on a camping trip. She loved to read and belonged to several book clubs up until going in to the nursing home. She enjoyed oil painting and she passed on her artistic talents to her children.
At this time of year, we fondly remember how she would paint Christmas scenes on our living room windows between baking batches of Christmas cookies.
Ruth and Vernon were in a bowling league for many years. They also enjoyed camping when their children were growing up, first in a smelly, old canvas tent, then a pop up camper, a trailer and finally a motor home. Ruth always had their journeys planned well in advance. She would spend a good amount of time during the winter planning all of the family's shorter camping trips as well as long ones to venues such as Yellowstone or Nova Scotia. They had so many fine stories to tell of their camping expeditions with the Contois and Meldrum families and Uncle Bud and Aunt Freddie. Ruth and Vernon enjoyed travelling across the United States visiting new vistas and their children in California and Florida.
Ruth is survived by her children, Cathy Ball, Port Charlotte, FL; Julie (Leonard R.) Parker, Marquette, MI; Michael (Elissa) Kellner, Negaunee, MI; son-in-law, Loren Ameen, Ishpeming, MI; grandchildren, Jason (Allison) Ball, Seffner, Florida; Abbie Ameen, Gwinn, MI; Andrea Parker, Brooklyn, NY and Lincoln Parker, Ann Arbor, MI. Ruth is also survived by a sister-in-law, Freddie Kellner of Greenfield, WI, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Vernon Kellner, daughter Bobbi Ameen and son-in-law J.C. Ball.
Ruth's family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the compassionate staff at Norlite who appreciated Ruth as the witty and gentle woman that she was and afforded her a comfortable and respectable life these past nine months.
Thanks also to the many aides that came in to her life through Private Duty over her last several years at home. You made her stay in her home so much more enjoyable and safe. Dr. Huffman and Marcy, she loved you both. Father Larry, of St. Michael, you were of such great comfort to her and to all of us.
There will be a visitation at St. Michael Catholic Church on Saturday, December 21, 2013 from 10 until 12 with a Funeral Mass to follow with the Rev. Larry Van Damme officiating. There will be a gathering of friends and family in the Zyrd Parish Center immediately following Mass.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that you consider making a donation to the St. Michael Church Memorial Fund, 401 W. Kaye Ave., Marquette, MI, 49855, the Norlite Activity Fund, Norlite Nursing Center, 701 Homestead, Marquette, MI, 49855 or any charity of your choice.
The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the family where memories may be shared at canalefuneral.com