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1921 Ruth 2014

Ruth M. Mattes

April 2, 1921 — May 19, 2014

Ruth M. Mattes, 93, of Allen, NE passed away Monday, May 19, 2014 at Hillcrest Care Center in Laurel, NE. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 23, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Martinsburg, NE; with Pastor William Bertrand officiating. A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church with a prayer service starting at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Eastview Cemetery in Allen, NE. Arrangements are under the direction of Bressler-Munderloh-Smith Funeral Home in Wakefield, NE. Ruth Marie (Kubik) Mattes was born on April 2, 1921 in Pender, Nebraska, the daughter of Frank and Emma (Zvacek) Kubik. Ruth attended schools in Thurston County and graduated in 1939 from Emerson High School. After graduation she attended Normal School and taught rural school in Thurston and Dixon Counties for five years. On December 23, 1944, she was united in marriage to Francis Mattes at Trinity Lutheran Church in Martinsburg, NE. They were blessed with three children, Douglas, Linn and Trudy. The couple farmed in Dixon County for all their married life. They retired into Allen, NE in 1991. Ruth was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and taught Sunday School for many years. She was a longtime member of the Waterbury Homemakers Club. Francis passed away on November 19, 2004. Ruth moved to Hillcrest Assisted Living in Laurel, NE and resided there for five years. The past six months she was a resident of Hillcrest Care Center in Laurel. Ruth is survived by her son Douglas (Pamela) of Omaha, NE, daughter Trudy (Charles) Peters, of Dixon, NE, a daughter-in-law Rita (Gordon) Kleihauer of Akron, IA. She is also survived by eight grandchildren: Chad Mattes, Lynn Mattes, Amy (Jon) Heithold, Daniel (Melissa) Peters, Andy Mattes, Travis Mattes, Katie (Eric) Stewart and Angie (Michael) Urwiler, three step grandchildren: Carol, Michael and Laura Kleihauer, three great-grandchildren: Gage and Reece Heithold and Evey Peters. Two sisters Ann Bottger of Emerson, NE and Sue Newell of South Sioux City, NE, three sisters-in-law: Rachel Kubik of Emerson, NE, Janice Kubik of Emerson, NE and Joanne Kubik of Arizona. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Francis, son Linn, sister Lill Bonderson, nine brothers: Fritz, John, Mike, Ted, Ed, Bill, Les, Pat and Kenny Kubik. Pallbearers will be her grandsons: Chad Mattes, Jon Heithold, Daniel Peters, Andy Mattes, Travis Mattes, Eric Stewart, Michael Urwiler and Gage Heithold.

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