Ruth J. Detert

SHERBURN – A Celebration of Life service for Ruth J. Detert, 94, of Sherburn, Minn., will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sherburn, Minn., with Rev. Steven D. Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Memorial Park, Fairmont, Minn.

Ruth was called to her eternal rest on Friday morning, July 11, 2014, at Glade Valley Center in Walkersville, Md. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2014, at Kramer Family Funeral Home in Sherburn, and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.

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Ruth Jessie Hixon was born March 13, 1920, on a farm in Galena Township, near Ormsby, Minn., to Jesse and Bertha (Dushinske) Hixon. She was confirmed April 22, 1934, at the Mission Covenant Church in Triumph, Minn. She graduated from Jackson High School. In 1941, she graduated from Mankato State Teachers College with a degree in elementary teaching. She taught second grade for many years in the area including a country school in Martin County, Okabena, Sherburn and Dunnell. In 1943, she moved to Sherburn, Minn. She was installed in the Manyaska Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star on Jan. 7, 1947, and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. On Jan. 31, 1954, she married Alfred W. Detert at the Methodist Church in Sherburn. After their marriage, they farmed in Lake Fremont Township Minn. and were members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Dunnell, Minn. She was active in the Garden Club and Ladies Aid. In 1968, they retired from farming and moved to Sherburn. They became members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sherburn and were active in the Senior Group and the Lutheran Brotherhood. She was also an active member of the Ladies Aid. In 2002, she moved to Frederick, Md. to be near her daughter, Karen and son-in-law, Raymond Gebhart.

She is survived by her daughter, Karen (Detert) Gebhart and son-in-law, Raymond Gebhart of Frederick, Md.; step-grandsons, Raymond Gebhart Jr. of Elizabethtown, Pa., Keith Gebhart and wife, Brienne Gebhart of Hanover, Pa., and Andrew Gebhart of Walnut Creek, Calif.; sister-in-law, Hilda (Detert) Poppe of Sherburn; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alfred W. Detert; sister, Marion (Hixon) Slocum; brother, Paul Hixon; and other relatives.

The family prefers memorials go to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sherburn or the Hospice of Fredrick County at