August 9, 1920 - November 2, 2014


Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Monday, November 10, 2014 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in St. Cloud, MN for Martha Katherine Ruehle, age 94 of St. Cloud, who died on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at St. Benedict’s Senior Community in St. Cloud. Con-Celebrants will be the Reverend Thomas Knoblach and Reverend Ben Kociemba. Entombment will be in Assumption Mausoleum, St. Cloud, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Arrangements are with Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud.

Martha was born on August 9, 1920 in Melrose, MN the daughter of Anton and Angeline (Spaeth) Kortenbusch. She grew up and attended school in Melrose graduating in 1938. She then moved to St. Cloud where she worked and met her future husband Leonard Ruehle.

She was united in marriage to on Leonard June 18, 1940 at the Church of St. Mary Catholic Church in Melrose, MN. Four children were born to this union. They then made in then made their home in St. Cloud, where she raised her children. While raising the children she worked at the family Skelly Station, and later worked for Hallmark Card Store at Crossroad Mall. She donated her time helping with the Girl Scouts, working with Christian Women and also helping with funeral luncheons.

Martha (aka “Cookie”) enjoyed cooking, reading books, gardening, spending time with her family, traveling with Leonard and visiting people they made friends with through their travels.

She was an original member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Christian Women and Girl Scouts of America.

In addition to her parents and husband Leonard, she was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters; Dorothea Tiemann, Philomena Altendahl, Adeline Brickweg, Irene Blenken, Albert Kortenbusch, Anthony Kortenbusch, Arnold Kortenbusch and Leo Kortenbusch.

She is survived by; two daughters, Mary (Jeff) Bates, Oconomowoc, WI, Pam (Jeff Van Voorhis) Ruehle of Browerville, MN, two sons, Don Ruehle of Port Aranses, TX, and Gary (Chelle) Ruehle of Mesa, AZ, 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, two sisters Erma Bautch of St. Cloud, and Marcella “Pete” Hinnenkamp of Melrose, MN, nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.