Ruth E. "Ruthie" Vandeweerd, 80, of Preston, died Saturday, June 14, 2014, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield.

She was born on Nov. 25, 1933, in Preston, the daughter of Ernest and Julia Ruth (Thompson) Schwartz.

She graduated from Preston High School in 1951.

She was a telephone operator from 1955 until 1986 for Northwestern Bell. On Sept. 30, 1956, she married Ivan "Ike" VandeWeerd in Preston. The couple remained in Preston their entire lives. They were very proud to have been grand marshals for the Preston Trout Days parade in 2004.

She was a lifelong member of Christ Lutheran Church, an honorary lifelong member of the Communication Workers of America, an AT&T Pioneer Life member and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Preston. She was also a member of the "Round Table" at the Preston Serviceman's Club for many years.

She was a huge Elvis Presley fan and took a trip to Graceland. She enjoyed reading Danielle Steel novels, collected cookbooks and enjoyed playing cards. She loved to travel and made her dream trip to Hawaii twice. She also enjoyed going to the casino. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Deb (Kim) Brastrom of Clear Lake, Iowa, and Denise (Ron) Vierling of Pleasant Hill, Iowa; one granddaughter, Lindy Brastrom of Ames, Iowa, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ike, twin infant daughters, Dawn and Darcy, and three sisters, Rollis Kirkland, Eva Tienter and Margie Bjork.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 18, at 2 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston with the Rev. Dave Jore officiating. Burial will be in the Christ Lutheran Cemetery in Preston.

Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church. The family prefers memorials to Christ Lutheran Church or the Preston Serviceman's Club Scholarship Fund.

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