Ruth KornRuth Fransene Korn, of Swan Valley, Mont., passed away Jan. 13, 2011. She was born at home April 15, 1932, on the shore of Lake Superior.
Ruth Fransene Korn, of Swan Valley, Mont., passed away Jan. 13, 2011.
She was born at home April 15, 1932, on the shore of Lake Superior. She attended and graduated from Two Harbors High School in 1950.
She enjoyed spending time with her former classmates last summer at their 60th reunion. She continued her studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth, majoring in elementary education.
She met her husband to be, Robert M. Korn, while working at Yellowstone National Park. They were married June 19, 1955, in Duluth. They lived and taught in Montana, moving back to Minnesota and teaching for 14 years in the Twin Cities area.
In 1979 they went into the pottery business, selling pottery all over the country. They had a pottery store in Missoula and later a craft store in Swan Valley.
At age 65, Ruth went back to teaching kindergarten at Swan Valley Elementary School until health problems forced her retirement at age 75.
She was active in the Seeley-Swan Book Club, Alpine Artisans, AARP, and the Episcopal Church. She loved hiking in the mountains and looking for wild flowers.
Her family was the most important aspect of her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Florence and Ernest Fransene; brother, Paul; and brother-in-law, Dr. Norman Korn.
She is survived by her husband, Bob; daughters Rebecca and Sally of Missoula, and Amy (Terry) Dixon of Elk River; son, Steven Andrew (Darla) of Ashland, Mont.; brother Roger (Bea) of Two Harbors; and sisters-in-law, Elizabeth McDonnell of Helena, Patricia Korn of Minnetonka, and Marianne Fransen of Duluth.
She has four grandchildren: Tyler and Aric Schmidt, Carissa Dixon (Andy) Burmeister, and Michael Dixon. She has one great-grandchild, Alex Burmeister, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ruthie’s husband and family will hold a celebra- tion of her life, well lived, this June in the Swan Valley among the wild flowers and mountains that she so loved.