Ruth was born Feb. 16, 1933, at Alton, the daughter of George and Lillian (Noethe) Henrich.
She married Leon Meis on Feb. 16, 1953, at Alton. The couple made their home on a farm near Granville and farmed for 54 years before moving into Alton in 2007.
Ruth was a loving and devoted wife for 59 years, and an amazing mother to her four childen.
Ruth and Leon were avid and active supporters of Spalding Catholic as well as their church. She adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Survivors include; her husband Leon, of Alton; her four children, Paula (Dave) Langel, of Le Mars, Mark (Judy) Meis, of Alton, Barb Meis, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., and Kris (Bill) Koopman, of Le Mars; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; Her brother, Ed (Rita) Henrich; her sister, Mary Sue (Carl) Sierp; her brother-in-law, Roman (Millie) Langel, of Le Mars.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her father and mother-in-law, Leo and Tillie Meis; and a sister-in-law, Clarice Langel.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton, with the Rev. Gerald Hartz officiating and the Rev. Paul Eisele, the Rev. Robert Gralapp, and Msgr. Kenneth Seifried, concelebrating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Alton. Visitation will be anytime after 4 p.m. today (Monday), at S. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton. There will be a parish rosary at 5 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m., all at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alton. Services have been entrusted to the Fisch Funeral Home & Monument of Remsen.
Casketbearers will be Mick Langel, Rick Logan, Chad and Dean Meis, Toby Scheitler and Aaron Culler.
Honorary bearers will be the Spalding baseball representatives.
Condolences may be sent online to www.fischfh.com.