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.