Helen Ann Ruttinger
August 20, 1926 – June 21, 2020
Helen Ann Ruttinger, born August 20, 1926, passed away on June 21, 2020. She was born in the Argentine District of Kansas City, Kansas. Helen graduated from Turner High School in 1944. She went on to attend Kansas City Junior College in Wyandotte County and transferred to the University of Kansas for her undergraduate studies where she completed her training as a medical technician at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She married Albert M. Ruttinger in 1948 and together they moved to Mission, Kansas. Helen was active in all areas of her profession and expanded her training in the early 60's to become a Certified Nuclear Technologist. She published her work with the development of Radio Immunoassay Kits while at the VA Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. She retired at the age of 70 in 1997, with 50 years in her profession. Helen is preceded in death by her husband of 52 years., twin daughters; Ann and Annette and her sister Dorothy Leuthen. She is survived by her daughter, Alice C. Ruttinger, son; A. Clark Ruttinger and 5 grandchildren.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Helen Ann Ruttinger
June 30, 2020
June 30, 2020
It's with a heavy heart that I write my memories of Aunt Helen. Whenever, I was in Kansas, Helen welcomed me at her home if only for an hour or two. Her bouncy manner and gay laugh brightened the visits. She always had humorous stories to tell and so enjoyed the telling of them that she would intersperse them with gaffaws, catching her breath before going on. Mainly, we talked about Ruttinger family history, and she told the stories. Several times she dug out books and manuscripts that we took to Kinko's to make copies for my files. She even had a rare copy of a manuscript on the Reeder family genealogy that helped link us to the first immigrant from England in the 1600's. Another time, she unpacked boxes of hand-painted china that was painted by students at great grandmother Dada's art school and given to her as gifts. During my childhood, my parents visited Ruttingers in Kansas every other year. However, the visit I most remember is when Helen and Albert generously hosted me, my baby Richard and my mother at Great Bend, Kansas, the spring of 1967. I wanted to see Grandma Alice once more before she died, and so she could see her great grandson. As to recent events, it's even more tragic to learn that Clark is so ill that's he's hospitalized and that his family is ill, too, but recovering at home. To have so many in the family stricken all at once is a heavy blow indeed. Cousins across the country await updates on their progress and are very concerned about their welfare. We're wishing all of them a full recovery.
June 27, 2020
Such sad news about Aunt Helen and her son, Clark. I spent many summers back in Kansas as a child and Uncle Albert and Aunt Helen were so kind and fun to visit. They were very caring and helpful taking care of Albert's mother. Once I had to mow the lawn for Grandmother Ruttinger and I struggled for a long time because it was so deep and long for a young child. Aunt Helen took pity on me and made a whole apple pie just for me and I almost fainted. No one had ever given me a whole pie much less a slice. We all had large families then so all food was shared. Not my pie! I think I got sick but was very happy. Much love to you Alice and Clark and your families. I continue to pray for Albert's recovery. I just feel he will be blessed and hopefully recover and return to his dear family.