Ruth Christine Hansen Kalk

November 25,1915-May 9, 2020


A private family service was held for Ruth Kalk, 104, of Eagle Bend, MN and formerly of Morgan, MN, who passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at her daughter’s home with family by her side.
Ruth Christine Hansen Kalk was born on November 25,1915, to Hans Alfred and Karen Marie Rasmine “Minnie” Hansen in rural Evan, MN. She was baptized in St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Evan on January 2,1916, and confirmed her faith at Bethany Lutheran on July 20, 1930, by Rev. Sherman Bondo.
Ruth attended school in rural Morgan and graduated from Morgan High School in 1934. She attended Normal Teaching College in St. Cloud and student taught in Redwood Falls, MN. She got a teaching position in rural District 107.
On March 7, 1940, she married Harold Kalk at Bethany Lutheran Church. To this union, five children were born. Ruth and Harold farmed for 40 years together, retiring in 1980. They moved into town and she continued to work at Morgan Hardware for Lyle and Roger Voeltz.
Ruth enjoyed family get-togethers, ceramics, gardening, fishing and raising her children. She was active in 4-H and got her children involved as well. She taught Sunday school and Release Time at Zion Lutheran Church in Morgan. She was a life-time member of the Women’s Guild at Zion. She was a woman of great faith and instilled that faith in her children. Her hands have taught with wisdom, wiped away tears with tenderness, and held family with love.
She is survived by her children, David (Julie) Kalk of Medford, MN, Phyllis (Tom) Balko of Redwood Falls, MN, Janice (Jerry) Thorson of Eagle Bend, MN, Ernest (Lynnda) Kalk of New Ulm, MN and Jolene Meierding of Eagle Bend, MN; 17 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren; and honorary daughter, Norma Watson and family. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Violet Hansen of Sauk Centre, MN; along with five nieces and two nephews.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Harold; parents; triplet infant siblings Annette, Einar, and Vernette Hansen; brother Leonard Hansen; grandson Daniel Balko; great-grandson infant Thorson; son-in-law David Meierding; and granddaughter-in-law Eden “Bliss” Kalk.
Burial will be in held at a later date in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, rural Morgan, MN.
Arrangements by the Schuller Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Bertha, MN (


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