Ruth Groth

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Ruth Sophia Groth, nee Green, 97, of Freeburg, IL, born October 31, 1921, in Swanwick, IL, passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, IL.

Ruth was a homemaker, seamstress, and an avid quilter.  She was a field staff coordinator of the TOPS Club of Southern and Southwestern Illinois.  She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Freeburg, IL, a member of the St. Paul’s Women’s Guild, and the Quilters at the church.  She also belonged to the Mamas Relatives Quilters.  Ruth enjoyed playing cards, dominoes and word games with her family and many friends at Cedar Trails in Freeburg and elsewhere.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Orville Groth, whom she married on September 12, 1942, and who died on May 9, 1986; one son, Wayne Groth; one grandson, Brian Groth; her father, Hugh Green; her mother, Eva, nee Heinike, Green Gerlach; her step-father, Leslie Gerlach; four brothers, Delbert (Ann) Green, Vernon (Ruby) Green, Lawrence (Beverly and Totsie) Green, and Ivan Green; two sisters, Helen Lea Gerlach and Vivian Rose Green; one foster sister, Florence, nee Wilson, Akers; six sisters-in-law, Lorena Groth, Viola (Milton) Goss, Elvira (Bob) Gornick, Marie (Dean) Kessler, Florence (Harry) Wiskamp, and Pat Green; and three brothers-in-law, Hilmar Groth, Bill Johnson, and Roy McKinley.

Surviving are three sons, Terry (Pat) Groth of Freeburg, IL, Roger (Beverly) Groth of Edwardsville, IL, and Edward (Carol) Groth of Richmond, KY;
one daughter, Charlotte (Randy) Kuhl of Belleville, IL;
nine grandchildren, Monica (Jay) Farrar, Cheryl Groth, Mark (Shannon) Groth, Katrina Groth (John Burke), Nicholas (Heather) Groth, Anthony Groth, Alex Kuhl, Eric Kuhl, and Ariel Groth;
eight great-grandchildren, Ethan and Ava Farrar, Benjamin, Margaret, Andrew, Brandon, Brady, and Oliva Groth;
two sisters, Opal Johnson and Genavie McKinley;
one brother, Floyd Green;
three sisters-in-law, Marjorie (Don) Smith, Ruth Ann Groth, and Nancy Green;
many nieces and nephews;
and friends.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Cedar Trails Assisted Living and the Freeburg Care Center for their care of our mom.  A special thanks is extended to the outstanding staff at Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Freeburg, IL, to Hospice of Southern Illinois, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.   Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 23, 2019, and from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, August 24, 2019, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 24, 2019, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Freeburg, IL, with Rev. Earl Crecelius officiating.

Burial will be at St. Paul’s Cemetery, Freeburg, IL.


8 Comments on Ruth Groth

Gail Fritz Ayala said : Guest Report Sep 19, 2019 at 12:36 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Ruth's death. I had a wonderful visit with her in June. She was my mother's dear cousin and lifelong friend. She was like an aunt to me. I join with all of you in celebration of her special talents, accomplishments, and her long life. With love to the Groth family, Gail

  • Carbondale
  • Illinois
Eileen Hagan said : Guest Report Sep 10, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your mother, Roger, and mother-in-law to Bev. I just saw this announcement. Our prayers to you. Eileen and Bob

  • Belleville
  • IL
Carol Heggemeier Moore said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2019 at 5:17 PM

Sending all my Love and Hugs to the entire Green Family. She was a wonderful lady and I guess she was needed for a 4th Hand in penny porker lol.

  • O Fallon
  • Illinois
Rita & jim Havel said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2019 at 12:47 AM

Our prayers are with all Groth’s, what a blessed life our God Bless You All! Havel’s

  • Sealy
  • Tx
Rita & Jim havel said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2019 at 12:43 AM

Our prayers are with you you both!

  • Sealy
  • Tx
Sybil Kary said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2019 at 2:36 PM

My most treasured memories as a child are laying on the floor under a quilt listening to you and my Grandma Eris sort out all the worlds problems and recount your childhood adventures while you stitched diligently for hours. I will treasure your quick wit, those memories, and those quilts forever.

  • Coulterville
  • Illinois
Eris (Woodside) Ogilvie said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2019 at 2:19 PM

I miss all the fun we had and your warm smile, thank you for the years of quilting, chats, and friendship. - Your loving cousin and friend Eris

  • Coulterville
  • Illinois
Janet M Thrasher said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2019 at 8:55 PM

So sorry about hearing Ruth has passed away. I was just there talking to her Sun. I know she is in a better place now. God Bless!!!!

  • Freeburg
  • IL

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