Ruth Louise Potthast, 90, of Aviston, died peacefully on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Carlyle Healthcare Center

She was born July 20, 1928 in St. Rose, daughter of Clem and Elizabeth Thole, nee Wilke, and they preceded her.

She married Ernest H. Potthast on October 27, 1948 in St. Rose and he died October 21, 1969.

Other precedents included a daughter, Mary Agnes Harper; a son, Francis Potthast; a son-in-law, Harold Imming; two brothers, Robert Thole and Alfred Thole; a sister, Florence “Toots” Tebbe; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Anthony “Bud” Strieker, Mary Ann Thole, Ferd Tebbe, Norbert and Josephine Potthast, Sister Mary Agnes Potthast, Connie and Doyle Reynolds, Quinton Potthast, and Donald Potthast; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Erwin and Ida Potthast.

She is survived by her children, Marjorie Imming of Trenton, Joan (Joe) Timmermann of Carlyle, Thomas Potthast of Aviston, Michael (Linda) Potthast of New Douglas, Gerald Potthast of Aviston, Eugene (Harriet) Potthast of Highland, Rita (Larry) Kabat of Woodlawn, Theresia (Bob) Prout of Chillocothe, Patricia (Dave)Fuhler of Trenton, Ernest “Jr” (Jean) Potthast of Alhambra, Steven Potthast, and David Potthast, all of Aviston, and Kevin (Beth) Potthast of Highland; a son-in-law, Larry (Colleen) Harper of Aviston; 34 grandchildren, four step grandchildren, and 31 great grandchildren; seven step great grandchildren, and expecting the arrival of the 35th in June, two step great great grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Strieker of Aviston, and Bernadette “Neddie” (Jim) Jansen of Trenton; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Florence Thole of Aviston, Betty Potthast of Beaver Prairie, Tony and Ruth Potthast of Fenton, Missouri, Ferd and Joan Potthast of O’Fallon, Missouri, and Helen and Paul Friess of Trenton.

Ruth was a loving mother of fifteen children. As a girl she enjoyed working on her family farm. After she married she started farming with her husband and continued farming with her sons. A true farm girl at heart, Ruth enjoyed raising chickens, cooking, and gardening and flowers. She loved when her grandchildren visited her on the farm.

She was a member of St. Francis Parish in Aviston and its Altar Sodality, and the Daughters of Isabella Precious Blood Circle 718.

There will be a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial at 2 p. m. on Friday, March 15, 2019 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Aviston, the Reverend Dan Friedman officiating. Burial follows in St. Francis Cemetery.

Friends may call from noon until 1:45 p. m. at Nordike Funeral Home in Aviston.

In lieu of flowers memorials to St. Francis Parish Building Fund, HSHS Hospice, or Alzheimer’s Association will be received at the funeral home.

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