Ruth A. Mothes

Ruth A. Mothes, 79, a longtime resident of Siren, Wisconsin, passed away on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at Kapes Lake Assisted Living after a three-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Ruth was born on Oct. 25, 1940, in Amery, to parents, Roland and Alice Curtis.
Ruth was a farmhand’s daughter, moving from farm to farm and attending many different schools. At age 15, Ruth moved to Siren, staying with and working for several families and caring for children.
Ruth was a 1958 graduate of Siren High School.
Ruth worked at General Mills for two years. On Aug. 28, 1959, Ruth married her high school sweetheart, Rudy, at the First Baptist Church. Ruth’s faith was strong. She was a Sunday school superintendent and youth adviser. Her car was always full on Sundays, driving anyone who needed a ride.
Ruth worked at Nelson Store in Siren for five years, and for over 20 years she wrote the Siren News column for the Inter-County Leader and the Burnett County Sentinel.
Ruth was instrumental in starting the Siren Ball Park, keeping records and photos, and operating the concessions stand for 25 years which ended in 2017.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Robb; sisters; Esther Nelson and Iva Lillie; and her brother, Albert Curtis.
Ruth will be sadly missed by her loving husband of 60 years, Rudy; their children, Rana (John) Van Norman and Reno (Brianna) Mothes; grandchildren; Nicole Mothes, Evan Van Norman, Anya Mothes and Joren Mothes; great-granddaughter, Alanis; sister; Mary Lundquist; brothers; Dale Curtis, Wayne (Sharon) Curtis, Leo Curtis and Cecil Curtis; along with numerous nieces, nephews, many other relatives and dear friends.
A funeral service was held on Thursday, Feb. 27, at First Baptist Church in Falun.
Interment was at the Lakeview/Mudhen Lake Cemetery in the town of Daniels. Pallbearers were John Van Norman, Evan Van Norman, Mike Lillie, Lee Mothes, Kent Lahners and James Brewster.
All memorials received will be given to help with Alzheimer’s research.
The family wants to express their appreciation for all who were part of Ruth’s funeral.
Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster, Wisconsin. Online condolences can be made at

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