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 Ruby Emma Marie <I>Luhrs</I> Reinke

Ruby Emma Marie Luhrs Reinke

Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska, USA
Death 25 Nov 2005 (aged 91)
Beatrice, Gage County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Deshler, Thayer County, Nebraska, USA
Plot Block 172, Lot 5
Memorial ID 100098723 · View Source
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Ruby Emma Marie Luhrs Reinke, the adopted daughter of Conrad and Minnie (Abelbeck) Luhrs, was born on February 5, 1914, at Lincoln, Nebraska. Ruby passed away on November 25, 2005, in Beatrice, Nebraska, at Good Samaritan Center, at the age of 91 years, 9 months, and 20 days.

She was baptized on March 13, 1914, by Pastor Fred Schardt, near Byron, Nebraska, and confirmed on August 21, 1927, by Pastor L.C. Lentz at St. John Lutheran Church, rural Byron. Her memory verse was
I Timothy 1:15, "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptance that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief." She attended Bible School at St. John Lutheran and elementary school at Country School District #96.

Ruby was united in marriage to Ludwig C. Reinke on February 5, 1931, by Pastor L.C. Lentz, at St.John Lutheran Church, rural Byron, Nebraska. This union was blessed with two children, a daughter, Alta Mae and a son, Dwight Louis. Ruby and Louie celebrated 60 years of marriage in 1991.

Ruby lived in Thayer County all but the last six years of her life. She was a dedicated helpmate of her husband, "Louie" as they worked the farm together. In 1978 they retired in Deshler. Because of failing health in 1999, she moved to assisted living in Beatrice, Nebraska, to be near her daughter and son-in-law. She became a resident of the Good Samaritan Care Center in September of 2004.

Ruby spent many pleasurable hours stitching and quilting quilts. She always had a pattern for the next one in mind. It was as though she was always looking for the next piece to fit in just the right place.
Her life was much like that also, searching for her birth family. Not until the age of 79 did she find them. At last her quilt was complete having found the missing pieces, seven siblings.

Ruby loved nature, birds and animals. She was a loving mother, content and generous, always sharing garden produce, flowers, or a piece of needlework with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her adoptive parents; and her husband; 10 brothers-in-law and 6 sisters-in-law. Also preceding her were her birth parents; three brothers; and a sister.

Ruby is survived by a daughter, Alta Mae and husband, Kenneth Phillips of Beatrice; son Dwight Reinke and wife, Janice of Tulsa, Oklahoma; four grandchildren: Dr. Susan and Colin Niles of Omaha; Karen and John Eihusen of Lincoln; Sandra and John Connelly and Julie Reinke, all of Tulsa, Oklahoma; seven great-grandchildren; Julie, Jeff and Kelli Eihusen; Piper, Ruby, Greta and James Connelly.
She is also survived by her sisters-in-law; Bernice, Olga, Dorothy and Edna Reinke.
Birth family members who survive her are Robert Aksamit and wife, Betty of Nebraska City; Chauncey Aksamit and wife, Shirley of Bruning; Tekla Lytle of Denver, Colorado; and Joan Slagle and husband Vernon of Morrowville, Kansas; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 29, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Deshler, Nebraska, with Pastor Kurt Van Fossan officiating, Music was congregational hymns,
" Amazing Grace", "Abide With Me", and "How Great Thou Art". Ron Vieselmeyer, vocalist sang, "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" and Joyce Schmidt was the organist.

Pallbearers were Leonard Elting, Dwight Abelbeck, Jeff Eihusen, Steve Meyer, Dennis Schmidt, and Steve Reinke. Honorary bearers were Erna Huls, Joan Zinsmaster, Susan Niles, Karen Eilusen, Sandra Connelly, Julie Reinke and Ervin Abelbeck.

Interment was in the Deshler City Cemetery at Deshler. Nebraska.

Memorials will be established by the family at a later date.

Price Funeral Home of Hebron, Nebraska was in charge of the arrangements.

Source: Deshler Rustler, Deshler Nebraska, December 7, 2005, Page 3A.

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