Ruth M. Niemeier
July 4, 1925 – February 2, 2021
Ruth Struckmeyer Niemeier passed away February 2, 2021 at the age of 95.
Born July 4, 1925 in Columbia, Illinois to Carl and Ida Struckmeyer. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ervin A Niemeier; grandson John Roaten Cheadle, III; and brothers Carl & Glen Struckmeyer. Ruth is survived by her children, Robert E. Niemeier (Moira) and Nancy Niemeier Cheadle (John, Jr.); grandchildren, Andrew Niemeier (Lindsey), Teresa Dwyer (Jim), Caylan Jarman (Anderson), Daniel Niemeier (Emily), Tricia Biesterfeld (Sam); and 8 great-grandchildren.
Ruth graduated from Centralia High School in Centralia, Illinois and MacMurray College with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She met her husband Erv when she was in high school and he was in college. They married in 1947 after Erv had served in WWII. Ruth taught kindergarten during the early years of their marriage before children and was a devoted wife and mother. She was also the perfect supportive corporate wife, cheerfully moving to different cities as Erv’s lifetime career with Hussmann Corporation advanced, culminating in London, England responsible for the European companies owned by IC Industries & Hussmann. Unfortunately Erv died of cancer shortly after his retirement. They were married for 43 years, and Ruth was a widow for 30 years.
Though Ruth helped with various organizations, her main involvement was with St. Paul’s Evangelical Church, then known as St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, which she and Erv joined in 1960. Ruth was a lovely lady, outgoing, positive, and friendly, who was loved by many throughout her life. She will be greatly missed.
Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Evangelical Church, 9801 Olive Street Rd., Creve Coeur, MO 63141, firstname.lastname@example.org
Service; A Memorial Service will be held 1:00 PM Friday, February 5, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Church, 9801 Olive Street Rd., Creve Coeur, MO 63141. Private interment in the Church Cemetery.
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Friday, February 5, 2021
Ruth M. Niemeier
February 5, 2021
Our deepest sympathy to Ruth's family. Ruth was a beautiful lady and friend. I will always remember the wonderful luncheons we had together - Hussmann ladies - and sharing the news of our families. I was so fortunate to have Ruth as my friend. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
February 5, 2021
It was mentioned in the biography that Ruth was a supportive corporate spouse to her husband Erv.
That is an understatement. Many of times, I would be in Erv's office when a customer would show up unexpectant.
Erv would pick up the phone and call Ruth. The conversation would go something like this. I know its late but so and so just got into town. Could you put something together for dinner?
You would show up and she would greet you at the door with that smile and a meal prepared like she had been working all day. So glad to see you she would say. Just one example of her many attributes. She was one in a million.
95 is a good one run they will say but whenever is not a good time to lose someone like Ruth.
May she rest in peace.
J Larry Vowell
February 4, 2021
I was blessed to provide comfort to Ms Niemeier after she was placed on hospice. The day I walked into her home and was greated by the biggest smile I’ve ever seen in my life. It saddens me that that smile would never be seen again... And that laugh, when u really tickled her would never be heard again. Over the last few months I am at ease with knowing she’s has lived a wonderful life. And she’s happily with her, in my New Orleans dialect, beau! To her family I wish you strength and wonderful memories.