Ruth Concordia Kalow was born on August 31, 1915, the first child of parents Rev. Henry and Maria Caroline (Vogel) Eggers. Her early years were spent in western North Dakota, followed by Waterville, MN, in 1926. She graduated from Waterville High School and met Raymond Kalow.
In 1946, after waiting for him to return from the war, they were married. Sons Dennis and Gary were born as the family moved to Nerstrand, MN, where Ray became the local banker and Ruth served in many capacities including school board member, librarian, scout leader, Women's Club president, and church musician. Ruth and Ray were travelers and took every opportunity to throw the tent, and the boys, in the family station wagon. Ray's banking took them to Lake City in 1965. The tent gave way to a camper van and a boat that provided many adventures until Ray's death in 1977.
After losing Ray, and with her boys out of the house, she made a concerted effort to go on living. Travels now included Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. She was an avid reader and gardener who loved learning, her church, and spending time with friends. She was also a wonderful listener.
In 1995 Ruth moved to Cannon Falls. Now 20 years a widow, she quickly claimed Cannon as her own. First English Lutheran became her new church where she found a close circle of friends. She moved into a new townhouse, enjoyed new neighbors, and delighted in new great-grandkids. Throughout her 80s and 90s she amazed us all with her ability to age gracefully. At Angels Care Center Ruth was once again surrounded by loving, wonderful people who have challenged, entertained, and sustained her for the past nine years. For her 98th birthday she had to settle for a family picnic at the lake, despite her wish to go camping.
Ruth was the kind of wise old person we all need in our lives. She died peacefully on November 13, 2013 and chose to donate her body for medical research to the Mayo Clinic.
She is survived by her brother Edgar, her sons, their families, and countless others who have been blessed by her presence.