S: March 4, 2011
FC: Happy 95th Birthday Grandma Ann | ."
1: Ann Van Ruler Born March 4, 1916 near Lismore, MN. She moved to Chandler and then graduated from Slayton High School. She went to school for her Teacher's license and taught for 5 years.
2: Joe & Ann Ruiter Married February 7, 1939
3: Great Grandparents | The Ruiters' were blessed with three children, Winifred Mae May 22, 1940 Harlan Duane December 11, 1941 and Marcia Lynn February 3, 1949
4: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers | Grandma Ann taught in Chippewa County schools and later started working at the Brix Drug Store in town.
5: Joe and Ann moved to Louriston Township in 1957.
7: The Ruiter Family June 1979
10: Ann & Joe moved to 1123 North Division Street in Clara City in 1973. Joe passed away on February 9, 1987.
11: Freddie & Paul Riedel June 11, 1994 | Harlan & Diane Ruiter September 12, 1958 | Marcia & Lowell Schwitters January 5, 1968
13: Freddie & Paul Riedel Terry & Sharon Hayunga October 14, 1960 - August 14, 1960 Jason - March 29, 1987 Jeremy - January 24, 1990 Curt & Joyce Hayunga May 30, 1962 - June 22, 1962 Zack - December 15, 1987 Bryce - July 20, 1990 Andrew - September 7, 1995 Gavin - November 19, 1999 David Hayunga May 30, 1963 Ashley - September 10, 1987 Justin - February 27, 1991 Tony - January 20, 1996 Darla & John Chartier May 22, 1967 - February 4, 1961 Mason - September 20, 1998 Eric - July 24, 2002
15: Harlan & Diane Ruiter Renae & Jeff Koenen March 9, 1959 - March 7, 1958 Chad & Danielle Koenen June 5, 1982 - November 12, 1979 Kendall - December 23, 2010 Ryan Koenen - January 11, 1985 Brittany Koenen - January 5, 1990 Deb & Lee Mickle April 8, 1960 - December 2, 1959 TJ & Katy Schwartz May 17, 1982 - June 21, 1981 Preston - September 26, 2007 Sarah & Michael Maxwell October 23, 1984 - August 10, 1984 Kevin Schwartz - January 11, 1988 Rhonda Ruiter & Dick Manner July 28, 1961 - August 26, 1951 Nathan Peterson - June 10, 1990 Brad & Sara Ruiter August 5, 1968 - March 2, 1970 Griffin - June 30, 2003 Meredith - May 26, 2005 Scott & Ivy Ruiter March 7, 1971 - July 27, 1973 Dalton - February 6, 1997 Olivia - September 30, 1999 Parker - August 10, 2001
17: Marcia & Lowell Schwitters Lane & Amy Schwitters January 13, 1974 - February 15, 1973 Drue - February 15, 2000 Rhys - January 3, 2002 Greg & Sarah Schwitters July 26, 1975 - June 13, 1974 Kyle - December 15, 2008 Alyssa - August 16, 2010 Christopher Schwitters March 10, 1980 Laura Schwitters August 10, 1982
19: Our Family is circle of strength and love. With every birth & union, the circle grows. Every joy shared adds more love. Every crisis faced together makes the circle stronger.
20: I remember Grandma substitute teaching for my kindergarten class and we got Tootsie pops for someones birthday treat. Mine had the Indian Chief on it so Grandma took me to Monte later to cash it in for a nickel! I remember taking baths is a large portable tub outside on the farm-thank goodness we only took baths on Saturday night! I also remember peeing in a 5 gallon pail upstairs in the bedroom. I remember getting my BB gun taken away - Terry and I were sitting on the cattle fence and David was walking back up to the house. I threw the gun over my shoulder and squeezed off a round without looking - of course it was the luckiest shot in my life - I hit David right in the ass! I also remember Grandma taking cheese sandwiches out to Grandpa in the field-Yum!! --Curt
21: I remember riding on the cows back in the yard as well as butchering chickens & hogs-disgusting! I also remember picking rock and weeds for Grandpa and Grandma would bring us lunch out in the field. We would also fight over who got to take the dirt bike to get the mail! --Terry | I remember picking raspberries with Grandma. It was very hot & buggy and when we stopped for lunch, she had made raspberry Kool-Aid-which we were all sick of! I remember eating Grandma's brown bread that she baked in tin cans. And I remember her vegetable soup and cherry pie - my favorite to this day!! --Rhonda
22: I remember driving to town with Grandma and going a little too fast on the gravel roads - going over bumps and your stomach would go into your throat! It was a big deal when Grandpa & Grandma moved to town. We were only 4 houses away and I could walk through Warrings', Sweeps', and Freezes' backyards to Grandmas! Everyone had those square gardens out back and I remember helping her in the garden. I also remember canning tomatoes and making applesauce. I always got to peel the skin off and stuff them in the jar. My favorite job was ricing the apples with the wooden smasher and pushing them through the little holes! I loved it that Grandma worked in the drug store. First, she always kept a box of Russell Stover chocolates in the den - which was always freezing - that we could sneak from. The caramel and nut are still my favorite. Second, I could go in the drug store anytime to visit. I loved watching Grandma wrap presents for people buying gifts! --Darla
23: I remember going to Grandma's house to play and her showing me her old school supplies from her teaching days. I loved hearing her stories because I used to think I wanted to be a teacher! The icing on the cake was that she eventually let me keep them and I still have them - I will keep them forever. --Laura
24: I remember getting eggs out of the coup and the egg truck coming by. I also remember feeding the pigs scraps from the garden. I learned my multiplication facts sitting in Grandpa's chair on the porch while Cindy the dog kept me company. I remember riding that little 50hp Honda dirt bike with the fat tires up and down the driveway. Grandpa's middle finger was cut in half and I remember he'd give me the finger....now that was funny! I also remember peeing on the electric fence - damn that hurt! I remember sledding in the ditch at the end of the driveway and the cold walk back up to the farm house. When Grandpa and Grandma moved to town, I remember we (meaning my mean brothers) wouldn't let Greg Mahlum play baseball with us in their front yard! Good Times! --David | I remember going to Grandma's for lunch when I worked at VSC in high school. One day we had twinkies and ice cream for lunch! Some of my best memories were working with Grandma at Brix/Stager Drug. For a little over 4 years, we worked together 3 days a week and we had some fun times! She taught me a lot about work ethic during those years. Love her lots!! --Deb
25: My best memories of Grandma involve playing cards! Grandma never puts her cards in order and is never afraid to go 12 or 24 even if she doesn't have it. She also doesn't like to lose - but if you've ever played cards with Grandma you know that doesn't happen very often! --Lane | I remember watching Joe & Ann play horseshoes with Fred and Viola Fischer in their backyard on summer nights when I was growing up. Little did I know that when I grew up, she would by "my" Grandma Ann too! --Amy
26: I can remember being at their house in Clara City and seeing for the first time, someone's teeth in a glass! I remember Grandpa Joe talking in Dutch and when I asked Grandma what he said, I learned there are certain words not suited for a kid to learn! When I learned that Grandma had been aschool teacher, I remember wondering why I wasn't smarter or didn't get better grades! I found out that my effort maybe had something to do with it! --Brad
27: I will always remember Grandma as my first teacher (kindergarten) at the country school, making homemade bread, and the Sunday noon meals after church. Grandma has always been a hard worker. I remember helping pick raspberries and butchering chickens. They were not my favorite memories, but they proved how much of a worker she was. I also remember staying at their house on Wednesday nights after choir and RCYF. --Renae
31: Grandma Ann with her 27th Great Grandchild Alyssa Marie Schwitters August 2010