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Ruth Irene (Whitehill) Zemke, 69, of Fort Dodge, IA, passed away Monday, May 16, 2022 at the Paula J Baber Hospice Home with her loving family by her side.

A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Deercreek Apartments, 700 S. 17th St. Anyone who wishes to come may do so. Memorials may be addressed to the family.

Ruth was born June 17, 1952 in Fort Dodge to Gerald and Irene (Bollerman) Whitehill. She graduated from Fort Dodge High School and earned her Physician’s Aide and Physical Therapy Aide certification as well as her CNA certification.

Ruth was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church, the Quilting Club and Campfire. In her spare time, Ruth loved teaching Sunday school, sewing, quilting, and being a Scout mother. She loved to sew anything from wedding dresses to children’s Halloween costumes. Ruth could sew just about anything. She made costumes for local school plays and also for community theatre. She even made her own patterns with newspapers.

Ruth is survived by her mother Irene Whitehill; his five children, Walter Garrett III of Pocahontas, IA, Angela (Scott) Smith of Mesa, AZ, Joann (Terry) Zemke Chrzan of Fort Dodge, Lisa (Dan) Mills of Emmetsburg, IA, and Samantha (Philip) Zemke of Strong Dodge; 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; Brothers Gerald (Vivian) Whitehill of Fort Dodge, James (Donna) Whitehill of Fort Dodge, Ivan (Eileen) Whitehill of Fort Dodge and sister Daisy (Dana) Lantz of Fort Dodge.

Ruth was predeceased by her father Gerald Whitehill, her husband Dennis Zemke and her son Gerald Kilpatrick.