Katherine “Katie” Ruth Gluth, age 94 of New Ulm died peacefully on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm. Funeral service will be Monday, December 4, 2017 at the Oakwood United Methodist Church in New Ulm. Pastor Jason Mehring will officiate, and burial will follow in the New Ulm City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-6 pm on Sunday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home-SOUTH Chapel in New Ulm. The visitation will continue from 10-11 am on Monday at the church in New Ulm. To leave an online condolence for her family, or to sign the guestbook, go to: mvfh.org
Katie is survived by her daughters, Karen Kettner of Sleepy Eye, Jeanne (Wayne) Brudelie of Hanska; sons, Gary (Debra) Gluth of Fort Wright, Kentucky, Brian (Margaret) Gluth of Eagan; grandchildren, Kevin Kettner of Springfield, Molly (Jarred) Lang of Fort Hood, Texas, Joshua Gluth of Fort Wright, Kentucky; and great-grandchildren, Tiffini Kettner, Kalie Kettner, Brooke Kettner, Katherine Claire Lang, Leah Lang, and Luke Lang
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willard Gluth; and all of her siblings, and in-laws from both sides of her family.
Katherine “Katie” Ruth Alfred was born December 19, 1922 in Milford Township to Henry and Frances (Shingshang) Alfred. She grew up on the farm, attending country school District #15, and later helped her parents on the farm until they retired. She then worked at the Loretto Hospital in New Ulm until her marriage to Willard Gluth on January 23rd, 1942 in New Ulm. They worked as a married couple in the Madelia and Sleepy Eye areas before starting to farm on March 1st, 1946 in Milford Township. Katie loved the outdoors and worked side by side with her husband until 1996 when they retired from faming but remained living on their farm place. Besides her work on the farm, Katie also loved to dance, and to garden flowers and vegetables. To socialize, Katie enjoyed playing sheepshead and 500 or anything anyone would want to play. To relax, she loved crocheting, reading, and making things she could give to others. She also enjoyed cooking, baking, and canning for her family and friends. She loved animals of all kinds, especially dogs, cats, and bears. Teddy bears held a high priority in the stuffed animal world, and real bears were a true delight to her for their beauty and smarts. Known by many as the “Milford Meteorologist”, she enjoyed studying weather patterns and attempting to predict the weather in advance. People sought her out to see what to expect in weather for months ahead. Katie worked for 9 years at DMLC College in the cafeteria and made many wonderful friends among the students; many who keep in contact to this day. What brought Katie the most joy in her life was spending time with her family. She loved her family dearly, and enjoyed every moment she got to be with them. Although Katie lived a long and wonderful life her loss is still hard. Many cherished memories will forever stay in the hearts of those who knew her best. Blessed be her memory.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Oakwood United Methodist Church, the Brown County Humane Society, or the Oak Hills Living Center of New Ulm.