Ruth Marie Schoenfelder, 72, of Stewartville died Friday Jan. 24, 2014, surrounded by her loved ones at Mayo Health Systems, Saint Marys Campus in Rochester.

She was born March 30, 1941, in Rochester to Alvin and Margaret (Cochran) Tilford.

She was united in marriage to James Schoenfelder on March 23, 1974. They were later divorced.

She worked as a waitress most of her life. She worked at Wongs Café and Hanson's Truck Stop in Rochester.

She loved watching the Twins Games, going to the casino and her pets.

She is survived by her son, Bob (Tessa Leutink) Schoenfelder and grandson, Carson Schoenfelder of Grand Meadow; one sister, Virginia (James) Biwer of Kasson; one brother, Robert "Bob" (Donna) Tilford of Mazeppa; many nieces and nephews and sisters-in-law, Alice Reinhardt and Carol Tilford.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Jack, Jerry, Jim, Bill and Rick.

The memorial service for her will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the Hindt Funeral Home in Grand Meadow with the Rev. Laura Fladten of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley officiating.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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