Ruth Ann Tuka

December 2, 1934June 26, 2018

Ruth Ann Tuka, age 83, of Sturgis, Michigan, passed away on Tuesday June 26, 2018 at Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan, and is now with her Lord.

Ruth was born in Harlan County, Kentucky on December 2, 1934, the daughter of Pearl and Ruby (Nolan) Noe.

She married the love of her life John James Tuka, he preceded her in death on May 14, 2004.

Ruth formerly lived in Dowagiac and Martin, Michigan, she later moved to Orland, Indiana in 1984, and moved to Fremont, Indiana in 2002, she recently had moved to Sturgis, Michigan.

Ruth and John formerly owned and operated the Orland Lounge for six years (1984 to 1990) and other businesses in Michigan throughout the years. She was a wonderful cook, she loved her family, and enjoyed reading, and playing cards. She formerly was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Angola Indiana.

Survivors include her four sons, Thomas (Candy) Tuka of New Galilee, Pennsylvania, Eugene (Patti) Tuka of Laurel, Montana, Anthony Tuka of Sturgis, Michigan, and Frank (Debbie) Tuka of Dowagiac, Michigan, two daughters, Maria (Thomas) Timmer of Wayland, Michigan, and Lisa (Marty) Kain of Angola, Indiana, fifteen grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, a sister, Ina (Bill) Hambright of Alabama, a brother, Dave (Diana) Noe of Westland, Michigan, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Tuka, her parents, Pearl & Ruby Noe, sisters, Viola Clem, Sarah Brandt, Dorothy Pace, and Hedy Ventrice, and brother, Jesse Pace.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 pm Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Beams Funeral Home, Fremont, Indiana, with Father Robert Showers officiating.

Calling hours will be held prior to the services on Saturday from 11 am until 1 pm at Beams Funeral Home.

Burial will follow services at Jamestown Cemetery, Fremont, Indiana.

Memorial donations in her memory are requested to Boomerang Backpacks, in care of Laura Macknick, 4616 E. Dupont Road, Ft. Wayne, IN 46825 (Use Fremont Community Schools in the memo note), or to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


  • Boomerang Backpacks (Fremont Community Schools in memo note)
  • St. Judes Children's Research Hospital


  • Visitation Saturday, June 30, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 30, 2018

Ruth Ann Tuka

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Hopward and Judy Laflin

June 29, 2018

Lisa, Marty, Family of Ruthie,
Your Mom (and Dad) will always hold a special place in our hearts. Wonderful Memories to hold dear! They shared their faith and love generously with all. You have been richly blessed with such parents. We wish you Gods peace as you celebrate her life well-lived!
Love always,
Howard & Judy