Leona M. Ruhge, age 90

Leona M. Ruhge, 90 of Avoca, passed away on June 21st, 2021 at the Ambassador in Nebraska City. She was born on July 9th, 1930 to August & Minnie (Johns) Brinkhoff near Otoe.

Leona attended Peru State College after graduation from Otoe High School. After receiving her teaching certificate, she taught country school at District 11 for 2 years. On June 3rd, 1951 she married Robert Ruhge at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Otoe. After Robert was discharged from the Marines, they moved back to Avoca. Together they worked on the farm.

Leona was active at church, along with teaching Sunday school and helping with the church newsletter. She was also instrumental in the renovation of the Otoe Cemetery. Leona enjoyed doing ceramics and working in her flower garden.

She is survived by her Sons Rick (Wanda) Ruhge, Rod (Cindy) Ruhge, grandchildren Erika (Jim) Polzin, Ryan (Lacey) Ruhge, great grandchildren Austen Churchill, Lexi Polzin, Hayden and Robert Rylan Ruhge, sister Lucille Ruffner, and many other relatives, friends, and family friend Steph Petersen.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, parents August & Minnie Brinkhoff, brother-in-law Ervin Ruffner, and great grandson Rowan Ruhge.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, June 25th at 10:00 A.M. at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Otoe. Burial will follow at the Avoca Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 24th from 9 A.M. until 9 P.M. with family greeting friends from 6-8 P.M. at the funeral home in Syracuse.

Memorials are suggested to the Otoe Cemetery.

Arrangements By: Fusselman Allen Harvey Funeral Home, Syracuse, NE. Condolences to www.fusselmanallenharvey.com

Posted online on June 24, 2021