Ruth D. Brooks

June 23, 1939 - September 4, 2021

Ruth D. Brooks, age 82, of Heidelberg, after a sudden stroke died peacefully with family at her side on Saturday September 4, 2021 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota. Ruth was born June 23, 1939 in Osseo, Minnesota to Erick A. and Celia R. (Klaustermeier) Spleiss. She graduated from Osseo High School and married Ellsworth W. Stankey on August 23, 1958 at Kingsbury, South Dakota. Ruth raised her family in Shakopee and also worked as a machine operator at the Gedney Pickle factory in Chaska for over 40 years. After Ellsworth’s death on September 29, 1987 Ruth moved to the New Prague area and lived in Heidelberg. Ruth married William H. Brooks on May 11, 1991 at Friedens Lutheran Church in Lanesburgh. William died on September 16, 2003. She was active in her church, loved animals, going to horse races, and enjoyed sewing, baking, and spending time with family.

Ruth is survived by her children, Kevin M. Stankey of Chaska, Kurt A. Stankey of Carver, Nancy E. Landass of Burnsville, Bruce E. Stankey of Shakopee, JoDell C. Flores of North Carolina, Nadine S. Stankey of Prior Lake, and Jannae L. Stankey of New Prague; sisters Erna Kaufmann of Richfield, Donna Johnson of Mora, MN, Lois & Ed Stans of Clitherall, MN; 16 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter. She is preceded in death by her husbands, brother Joseph Hamann, and sisters Betty Nordquist and Dorothy Spleiss.

Services will be held Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 3 PM at Friedens Lutheran Church in Lanesburgh with visitation at church from 1:30 to 3 PM. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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Teresa Hoffman
1 month ago

Rest in Peace, my friend. You will be missed. My heart goes out to the whole family. Much love is being sent to all who loved you.

Caroline Billings
1 month ago

Many years ago I met Ruth. She was down at Christmas time in Ocala, Florida visiting JoDell. I went over to taste some of their Christmas goodies they baked. Ruth was so welcoming for just having met me. I felt like part of the family with the two of them. <3 Funny how JoDell and I were just reminiscing about this last week. May God Bless Your Soul Ruth…you will be missed and not forgotten!

Polly Bieber
1 month ago

Ruth was my neighbor for the last 19 years and I loved her like my own Mother. We spent many hours just talking about anything and everything. Every Christmas we shared our home made treats and she always shared her fresh banana bread with me. My heart goes out to all who loved her.

Abby Wolfswinkel
1 month ago

Ruth you were such a beautiful soul and I loved that you spoke your mind! You were the last (almost) grandparent I had left, I wish you could have attended Zach and I’s wedding and seen your great grandchildren someday, but I know you are with us in spirit. I love you, Rest In Peace Ruth
Love, Abby

JoDell Flores
1 month ago

Mom, you left this world too soon. We had so many plans for the winter. I’m so sad that none of those plans will come true. I miss you so much already. You had a heart of gold and was loved by everyone you met. I pray my memories of you and my faith in God will help with my healing.

1 month ago

I love you so much grandma! I already miss you so much and it hasn’t even been 24 hours! I can’t wait till I see you again and continue to make more memories up in heaven. Love your grandson Zach.

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