A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 19 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Albany with Pastor Bradley Pearson officiating. Interment will be in Our Savior’s Lutheran Cemetery in Albany.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church in Albany.
Ruth Ann Kotzer was born February 21, 1936 in Little Falls, Minnesota to Paul and Sophie (Hersil) Kotzer. On October 27, 1956 she married Ervin Klein at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Albany. They farmed together near the Holdingford area until 1981. Ruth worked at Fingerhut in St. Cloud and at St. John’s University for 17 years; retiring in 1998. After retirement, she worked for the Holdingford School District as a lunchroom aide. She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Albany.
Ruth loved spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed flowers, sewing, bird watching, and going to garage and antique sales with her friends.
Survivors include her husband, Ervin Klein of Albany; children, Alan (LuAnn) Klein of Sauk Rapids, Jeffery (Mary Jo) Klein of Holdingford, Russell (Sheila) Klein of Clarissa, and Cheryl (Andrew) Hollermann of Albany; 12 grandchildren, Daniel (Brenda) Klein of Holdingford, Brian Klein of St. Stephen, Kevin (Jemielle) Klein of St. Joseph, Adam Klein (fiancé, Kayla) of Sauk Rapids, Jason (Melinda) Klein of Waite Park, Mitch Klein of St. Cloud, Kyle (Yalanda) Klein of Clarissa, Paul Hollermann of Albany, Ethan Hollermann of Clarissa, and Garrett Hollermann of Albany; seven great-grandchildren, Abigail, Hannah, Austin, Daisy, John, Paige, and Kellie Klein; brothers, Alex and Donald Kotzer.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughters, Brittany and Alyssa Klein; sisters, Rosemary Kotzer and Margaret Klein.
Serving as casket bearers will be Daniel Klein, Kevin Klein, Adam Klein, Jason Klein, Mitch Klein, Kyle Klein, Paul Hollermann, and Ethan Hollermann. Cross bearer will be Garrett Hollermann. Honorary bearer will be Brian Klein.
Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.