Ruth Vetter

Ruth Vetter


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Ruth Eleanor (Ahrenstorff) Vetter, our beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, went home to her Lord on October 14, 2016. Ruth Eleanor Vetter, daughter of Ernest and Dora (Sauer) Ahrenstorff, was born December 18, 1923 in Hartley, IA. Ruth attended Hartley Community Schools, graduating in 1941.

On February 22, 1948, Ruth was united in marriage to Marlin William Vetter at the May City Lutheran Church in May City, IA. The couple was blessed with three children: Becky, Gale, and Gary. Following their marriage, Marlin and Ruth began farming with Ruth’s parents, eventually moving onto the family farm northwest of Hartley. They lived there until they retired in 1985 when they moved off the farm and into Hartley.

Ruth was a life-long member of the Hartley Methodist Church where she served as treasurer of the Methodist Women's group for many years. She was also a long-time member of the P.E.O Club in Hartley. She enjoyed gardening, reading, sewing, knitting, playing cards, baking bread and cooking, but her greatest joy was raising her children and hosting gatherings for family and friends.

In March of 2012, Marlin and Ruth moved into the Assisted Living unit in Hartley. At the time of her death, she resided at Community Memorial Health Center in Hartley. Through the joys of her life, as well as the difficult times, her unwavering faith in her Savior, Jesus Christ, carried her through.

Grateful for having shared her life are her children: Becky Tschopp and her husband, Wally, of Spirit Lake, IA, Gale Vetter, of Hartley, IA, Gary Vetter and his wife, Dawn, of St. Charles, IA; six grandchildren: Nathan Tschopp and his special friend, Angie Heikens, of Harris, IA, Brea Espey and her husband, Aaron, of Hartley, IA, Shanna Tadic and her husband, Danny, of Sitka, AK, Colby Vetter and his wife, Shonda, of Hartley, IA, Jaci Edwards and her husband, Matt, of Escondido, CA and Jarek Vetter and his wife, Ashley, of Carlise, IA; sister-in-law, Betty Lou (Earl) Baish of Lake Park, IA; ten great-grandchildren: Easton Teal, Curtis Espey, Rowen Espey, Trevor Tadic, Katia Tadic, Adelia Vetter, Vetter Edwards, Vela Dawn Edwards, Vara Jane Edwards and Eleanora Vetter; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Marlin; her brother and his wife, Barney and Jean Ahrenstorff; sister, Arlene (Galen) Klinker; and daughter-in-law, Sandeanne Vetter.

Celebration of Life

Ruth E. Vetter

Born ~ December 18, 1923

Died ~ October 14, 2016

Age ~ 92 years 9 months 26 days


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

2:00 p.m.

United Methodist Church

Hartley, Iowa

Clergy ~ Rev. John Mutombo

Organist ~ Julie Back

Musical Tribute

Dawn Johnson

"The Lord's Prayer"

Congregational Singing

Processional ~ “How Great Thou Art” #77

Recessional ~ “Amazing Grace” #378


Colby Vetter Jarek Vetter Nathan Tschopp

Rodney Ahrenstorff Robert Ahrenstorff Rick Baisch


Pleasant View Cemetery

Hartley, Iowa


Monday, October 17, 2016 2:00 PM until 7:00 PM Hartley Funeral Home 830 2nd Street NE Hartley, IA 51346


Tuesday, October 18, 2016 2:00 PM Hartley United Methodist Church 361 North 8th Avenue West Hartley, IA 51346