Tribute to Ruth Mammenga
Ruth Vivian Mammenga, of St. Paul, MN, age 81, born May 5, 1932 in
Osceola, WI passed away June 5, 2013, under Hospice care at the
nursing home in North Branch, MN. Ruth is preceded in death by
parents, Richard and Mary Sampe; sister, Harriet (Julian), Dorothy
Sampe, died at birth, and brother, Kenny (Buddy) Sampe, died in
childhood. Survived by two daughters, Melora (Martin) Lee, Sharon
(Dan) Sculley; three grandsons, Kevin Sculley, Chester Lee, Kenneth
Lee; three granddaughters, Jessica (Ryan) Griffin, Abbey Sculley,
Sarah Sculley, and two great-grandsons, Tyler and Mason Griffin;
niece, Judy Julian; nephew, Richard Julian. Ruth retired from
teaching school at Robinsdale High School. Literacy and English
grammar were her passions in education that started as early as
teaching U.S. military draftees in France with her husband, Gene
Mammenga, serving in the U.S. Army at the time. Ruth was an avid
member of the Bead and Button Societies and a co-founder of the Pommern
Regional Group of Minnesota. Ruth loved growing flowers in her many
gardens. Her past times were antique and estate sales, book stores,
photography, travel and the fur trappers rendezvous. She enjoyed
time with family and friends. She always had a game or project along.
In lieu of any memorial gifts, please consider a community literacy
effort or the Alzheimer's Association. A memorial celebration was held
planned Saturday, June 15th, 2013 aboard the Riverboat "Queen",
in Taylors Falls, MN. Memories were shared from 5:30 to 6:30 PM and then
we cruised on the St. Croix River from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.
We celebrated Ruth's life with music, food, beverages and conversations.
Beautiful Taylor's Falls, Minnesota
The rushing rapids on the St. Croix
The boats Princess & Queen
The boat captain, notice the logo, TF for Taylor's Falls.
A buffet was served with live music.
Irish music was played.
The scenery was astounding.
A tribute from the Pommern Regional Group, read by Paul Sternberg:
Ruth co-founded with Fred Burke, a Pomeranian genealogy group in Dec. of 1998.
Pomerania is the land by the Baltic Sea, including NE Germany and NW
Poland. Eight people attended the first meeting. I attended the
third meeting in Feb. 1999. Ruth showed me a map of my county that
showed the village that Grandma and Grandpa had lived. This was the
first time I finally knew where we originated. Nobody in my family
could go to a map and point to where we had come from. I was immediately
a friend of Ruth's and deeply respected her knowledge of Pommern,
so I dreaded this day. Thank you to Ruth's family for making it fun.
I was also immediately hooked as a Pommern Group member. Eventually
I was president, co-president with Jan Savage and Jerry Savage was also president
for two terms.
Today, the group she co-founded meets every month, the first Saturday of
the month. It has 135 family members and attendance is usually 40-60
people. Even the Regenwalders in Germany only meet every other year!
Our group is arguably the most active Pommern group in the world. On
our website we show photos of people's villages if
they can't make the trip there themselves. You, the descendants of
Ruth are from Kreis (County) Regenwalde. This means, "Woods by the Rega River."
Ruth planted a seed and it grew into a mighty tree still growing
Ruth was cremated and present in this box.
Ruth made her own jewelry
Everyone toasted Ruth with Jameson Whiskey and Bailey's Irish Cream.
This was the memorial card handed out to guests.
Ruth's daughter, Sharon, on the right