Mass of Christian Burial for Ruth Frances Thelen, 86 of Randolph, will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 31, 2022, at St. Jane Frances de Chantal. Reverend Tim Forgét will officiate. Burial will be in St. Jane Frances Catholic Cemetery at Randolph. Christian Mothers Rosary at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, followed by Visitation from 4:00—7:00 p.m. with a vigil service to follow. The Mass will be livestreamed on the funeral home's website. Home for Funerals—Randolph is in charge of the arrangements.
Ruth Thelen passed away March 27, 2022, at the Osmond General Hospital surrounded by her family.
Ruth was born on January 17, 1936, on a farm outside of Randolph, the daughter of Frank and Susan (Meyer) Leiting, where she was raised on the farm. Ruth graduated from St. Frances High School of Randolph in 1954. After high school, Ruth moved to the East Coast, where she met and married her first husband, James Moore. They had three sons together, before he was killed in an automobile accident. Ruth then returned to Randolph with her three sons.
Ruth met Norbert Thelen of Randolph, where he had three daughters from his first marriage. Their first date was to the Hilltop Restaurant in Randolph. On September 7, 1963, Ruth married Norbert Thelen in Randolph. The couple raised their family of eleven children on the farm southeast of Randolph.
Ruth was a member of St. Jane Frances PCCW and served as an officer several times. She was a 50-year member of Christian Mothers, as well as a member of the church choir. Ruth enjoyed working at the Church Rectory. She also managed the Randolph Senior Center for numerous years before her retirement.
She enjoyed reading, gardening, canning, baking and especially spending time with her family. Ruth was most proud of being a fulltime wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
Ruth is survived by her husband, Norbert Thelen; their children: Pamela Siebrandt, of Stanton, Vicki (Rick) Alderson, of Randolph, Jim (Marion) Moore, of Omaha, Karie (Bob) Brockhaus, of Madison, Ray (Lynn) Moore, of Leander, TX, Brian Moore, of Palm Harbor, FL, Barb (Craig) Zegers, of Elgin, Roger (Julie) Thelen, of Ord, Kelly (Tisha) Thelen, of East Peoria, IL, and Marci (Greg) Rosener of Elkhorn, 25 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, siblings Joan (Russ) Dibbert of North Carolina and Ronnie (Donna) Leiting of Wyoming.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Frank and Susan Leiting; her first husband James Moore, son, Steven Thelen; grandchildren—Stephanie and Anthony Moore; 3 sisters—Verla Wilson, Thelma Sauser and Arlene Clausen; 6 brothers—Gordon Leiting, Wally Leiting, Frank Leiting, Cecil Leiting, Ivo Leiting and Melvin Leiting.
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