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Ruth M DeLong

Ruth M DeLong

February 18, 2008

Ruth M. DeLong, age 85 of Durand,

Born: November 2, 1922

Died: Monday, February 18, 2008 at the Chippewa Valley Hospital in Durand.

Ruth was born and raised in Arkansaw. She was the daughter of Jerry and Lena (Poquette) Brunette. She attended school in Porcupine before going to St. Mary’s High School for two years. Ruth married Andrew Bignell at the age of 16, Andrew died in 1959. Ruth worked as a nurse’s aid at Chippewa Valley Hospital for 34 years. She later married Hiram DeLong Sr. and he died in 1976. Ruth has been a resident in the Oakview Care Center for several years.

Ruth love to play cards and bingo. She enjoyed fishing, was an active member of the church and volunteered at the Senior Citizens Center. Most of all, she loved spending time with family and friends.

Ruth is survived by one son, Hiram (Shari) DeLong of Arkansaw, three sisters, Alice Staiger of Red Wing, MN, Beatrice (Putter) Bauer of Durand and Geraldine (Arlin) Kees of White Bear Lake, MN, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, first husband Andrew Bignell 1959, second husband Hiram Sr. 1976, one daughter, Mary DeLong in infancy, two step-children, Mildred Hutter and Raymond DeLong, three sisters, Margaret Erwin, Ethel Rageth and Jean Hurlburt.


Funeral services will be 11:30 AM Thursday, February 21, 2008 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Durand. Fr. Jeffrey Burrill will officiate. Burial will be in the Arkansaw French Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-7PM Wednesday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.