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Ruth Margaret Koehler
(12-29-1916 - 02-13-2018)

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 Ruth Margaret Koehler, 101, of Elgin, passed away on February 13, 2018. She was born on December 29, 1916 in South Elgin, IL the daughter of Aaron and Matie (Miller) Heath. She graduated from Elgin High School in 1934, and worked at the Elgin National Watch Factory. Ruth was a loving wife and mother. She devoted her life to happiness of others. She had a deep faith that she rarely shared with others and gave generously to the charities she supported. She loved being part of family gatherings, traveling, and she also enjoyed her Chocolate .

She was a former member of Grace Methodist Church in Elgin and South Elgin Methodist Church.

Survivors include her daughters: Mary Hitzeman and Sue (Julius) Padegimas; five grandchildren: Charlie J. Stringer, Peter G. (Tiffanie) Stringer, Eric Benson, Kris Bigalk and Kurt (Jean) Bigalk; twelve great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, and special friend and caretaker: Jeanette Hilgen and devoted niece: Nancy Mollendorf.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her 1st husband: George H. Hitzeman in 1984; her 2nd husband: Oliver Pitch in 1988 and her 3rd husband: Kenneth Koehler in 2003; her daughter: Carol Benson; and two grandsons: Danny and Andy Benson.

Funeral services will be held on Monday February 19, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Laird Funeral Home, Elgin, with Rev. Jan Commerford officiating. Burial will follow at Lakewood Memorial Park, Visitation will be on Monday from 10:00 AM until the time of services. For information, 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com

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