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Ruth Forrey

June 2, 1934 ~ April 6, 2022 (age 87)


Ruth Orrine Ione Olson Forrey, 87, passed away at 10am  Wednesday April 6th surrounded by loved ones in body and spirit.  Funeral services will be held at 2pm Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel.  Visitation will be held from 4-7pm Monday, April 11th at Woodland Hills Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the services.  Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park.  Family will host coffee and cookies after the graveside service.

Ruth was born June 2, 1934 to Oscar and Ida Olson in Eden Township, Winnebago County, Iowa.  She graduated from Kiester High School and went on to get her RN Diploma from Naeve Nursing program.  Ruth was united in marriage to Phillip Forrey on August 9, 1961 in Rapid City, South Dakota.  She worked as an RN for many years at ISJ Hospital in Mankato.  In her free time she enjoyed crocheting, knitting, sewing, canning, baking, cooking, going to Mystic Lake, Las Vegas, and traveling anywhere. 

Ruth is survived by son, Pete (Sue) of Mankato; daughters, Hollie (Joel) Smith of Mankato, Carrie (Dave Rinehart) Laabs of Henderson, Jodie of Janesville, WI, Amie of Belle Plaine, and Jenifer (Dale) Lecy of Belle Plaine;  grandchildren, Paige (Greg) Hawkins, Breanna (Ryan Pivec), Brooklyn (Jesse Williams), Patrick, Alex, Parker, Jonathan, and Ruth; great grandchild, Jaxson; siblings, David Olson (Cheryl) and Mona Hasche (Harold); brothers in-law, Hasche and Jim Forrey (Cyndy); sisters in-law, Kay Gaul, Carol Olson, and Pat Olson; many beloved nieces, nephews, and treasured family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; parents in-law, Hollie and C. Boyd Forrey; husband; great grandchild, Wyatt; sister, Carolyn; brothers, Raymond and Carlyle; sisters in-law, Fern Forrey, Phoebe Cummiskey, Eleanor Forrey, Beverly Forrey, and Mary Jo Rheaume; brothers in-law, Page Forrey, Gene Forrey, Jim Rheaume, Jerry Gaul; and Earl Cummiskey, nephews, Matthew Rheaume, Dwight Olson; and niece Margo Reiher. 

Special THANK YOU to St. Croix Hospice, Ecumen Pathstone, New Perspectives of Mankato and First Presbyterian Church of Mankato.  Too many special caregivers, to you all ~ thank you!!!  Nursing and Activities has been so important to mom’s fight – she finally won the battle!

Celebration of Life to follow at a later date.

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April 11, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Woodland Hills Funeral Home
1605 Woodland Avenue
Mankato, MN 56001

Funeral Service
April 12, 2022

2:00 PM
Woodland Hills Funeral Chapel, Mankato

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