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Ruthie Buecksler


Ruth ‘Ruthie’ Buecksler, age 63, of Owatonna, passed away surrounded by family, March 1, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.  

Memorial service will be 11:00 AM Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Destiny Christian Church, (2515 Harvest Ln NW, Owatonna, MN)

Ruthie was born, and raised, in St. Paul to parents Urban and Lillian (Hanson) Schmitt. After graduating from Monroe High School in 1974, she worked for Pearson Candy.

In 1989 Ruthie moved down to Owatonna to be with her fiancée Jim Buecksler, later marrying in 1995. She worked at the Gandy Company for 20 years. 

She was a loving and dedicated mother and grandmother.  She enjoyed watching Minnesota sports.  Summer was her favorite season as she loved sunbathing, music, BBQ’s with the family, and fishing. 

Ruthie is survived by her husband Jim; children, Sara (Eric) Sletten, their children, Easton, Savana and Brennan, Owatonna, Todd (Heidi) Kraft, their children, Kaiyanna, Dominick, Chase, and Aaliyah, Owatonna; step daughter, Tracee (Matt) Underwood, their children Paiton and Brody, Colorado; step-son, Kris (Renee) Buecksler, their child, Jace, Owatonna; and one great-grandson, Lincoln; sisters, Julie, Jean, Margaret, Mary, and Monica.

She was preceded in death by parents; a twin sister, 2 other sisters and 5 brothers.


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Memorial Service
March 14, 2020

11:00 AM
Destiny Christian Church (Owatonna, St. Paul, MN)

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