Ruth Ann Haskenhoff, daughter of Adam and Nellie Haag Potratz, was born April 24, 1937, at Sumner, Iowa. She was baptized on December 31, 1949, at the Baptist Church in Elgin and confirmed April 15, 1962, at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner. She received her education in the Sumner Schools, graduating from Sumner High School in 1955.
On January 12, 1958, she was united in marriage with Herman Haskenhoff at the E.U.B. Church which is now the Baptist Church in Sumner. Ruth and her husband farmed near Sumner with Ruth doing much of the farming as Herman worked at John Deere & Co. in Waterloo. Ruth was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church where she participated in the church choir and WELCA. She was active in many community Bible studies and also Woman Aglow. At one time she was a member of the Legion Auxiliary, was an avid birdwatcher, and enjoyed many different crafts. One of her favorite things was the pond at the home farm where she spent many hours appreciating nature.
Following a brief illness, her death occurred on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at University Hospitals in Iowa City. She was seventy-four years old.
Ruth is survived by her children, Debra (Joe) Walentosky of Denver, Colorado, Denise (John) Poland of Peoria, Illinois, and Daniel (Tina Knebel) of Dunkerton; four grandchildren, Laura, Benjamin, Andrew, and Kellie; and three sisters, April Adler of Aurora, Colorado, Carol Potratz of Tsu, Japan, and Dixie (Vic) Lehman of Fargo, North Dakota.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman in 1999; her parents; a brother, Larry; and three sisters, Mary, Eva, and Cindy.
Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m., Monday, August 1, 2011, at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner with Rev. William Runaas, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Wilson Grove Cemetery in Sumner. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church on Monday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be sent to the North American Baptist Conference, designated to Ruth’s sister, Carol Potratz, who is currently serving as a missionary in Japan. Please make the check out to North American Baptist Conference with Haskenhoff Memorial written in the subject line and send it to N.A.B.; P.O. Box 1910, Folsom, CA 95763.