Ruth Eleanor (Fester) Twarucsek, 96, passed away Dec 5

Ruth Eleanor (Fester) Twarucsek, 96, passed into her heavenly home to be with her Lord and Savior on December 5, 2017, surrounded by her family at her home in Benton Harbor. 

A service celebrating Ruth’s life will be held 11:00 A.M. Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Peace Lutheran Church, 3590 Lincoln Ave., St. Joseph with Rev. Steve Hartten officiating. Burial will follow at North Shore Memory Gardens in Coloma.  Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service beginning at 10:00 A.M. at the Church. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Peace Lutheran Church or Caring Circle Hospice. Those wishing to sign Ruth’s Memory Book online may do so at

Ruth was born on October 18, 1921 to Gottlieb and Elizabeth (Rach) Fester in Benton Harbor. She graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1940.  On a snowy Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 1947, Ruth married Peter Twarucsek in Benton Harbor. 

Ruth was a gifted seamstress, sewing her own beautiful wedding gown and later many frilly tutus for her daughters’ ballet recitals. 

Ruth was a founding member of Peace Lutheran Church. After serving in several volunteer capacities over the years she continued to help by quilting from home until her eyesight would no longer permit.  Still she continued to send out cards of cheer, encouragement and celebration to family and friends.  She was also a dedicated volunteer for over 43 years at both Mercy and Lakeland Hospitals and received many service awards.  She was known as the “Cookie Lady” who baked and enlisted volunteers to provide cookies for local blood drives. 

Ruth enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking, baking and was always trying new recipes. Being an animal lover, she had several dogs over the years that were great companions.  Reminiscing about growing up on the family farm and what life was like back then was a joy to her.  An avid reader of Scripture, she read her Bible daily.  Her faith in God was her strength especially during her last years of declining health.  Her unwavering faith and determination were an inspiration to all. 

For almost nine years Ruth was a patient at Liberty Dialysis. We wish to thank all of the many skilled workers who lovingly helped her, as well as the staff of Caring Circle.   

Ruth is survived by her daughters: Betty McKee of St. Joseph and Sandra (Martin) Mason of Stevensville; her grandsons-Joseph and Justin Koehneke, Anthony (Francesca) Mason and Christopher (Samantha) Mason; and two sisters-Dolores and Jeanette Fester of Benton Harbor; brother-in-law Ervin Schmaltz of Baroda and sister-in-law Harriet Fester of Bridgman She was preceded in death by her husband Peter, brother Edward Fester and sister Helen Schmaltz.

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