Ruth L. Patzer, 93, passed away December 22, 2018

Ruth L. Patzer, 93, of Stevensville, passed away, Saturday, December 22, 2018 at her home.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 11:00 A.M. Thursday, December 27 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Rev. Brett Ehlke officiating.  Burial will follow at Lincoln Township Cemetery in Stevensville.  Friends may visit with the family from 10:00 until 11:00 A.M. Thursday at the funeral home.  Memorial donations in Ruth’s name may be made to St. Pauls’ Lutheran Church in Stevensville.  Those wishing to sign Ruth’s Memory Book online may do so at

Ruth was born January 29, 1925 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Herman & Lillian (Reiser) Littmann.  She graduated from high school, and on June 22, 1944 married Henry Patzer in Long Island, New York.  Ruth devoted her life to caring for and raising her family.  She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and cherished the time spent with her family.

Ruth is survived by three sons-Steven Patzer of Leslie, MI, Eric (Janet) Patzer of Portola Valley, CA, Mark (Nanette) Patzer of St. Joseph; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; her sister-in-law Arlene Littmann of California; and her long-time caregiver Giorgina Shumake of Benton Harbor.  She was preceded in death by her husband Henry on October 22, 2003, her daughter-in-law Pamela Patzer, her sister Adeline Damiano and her brother John Littmann.


Dear Mother-Our hearts and prayers go with you as God has come to take you home.  The family awaits to greet you in Heaven where you belong.  You will be so missed by so many.  Love you Mother.

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