Ruth D. Wahlgren, 91 - September 21, 2012Ruth D. Wahlgren, 91, of Grand Island, formerly of Gothenburg, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at Saint Francis Medical Center.
To honor her wishes, cremation has taken place. Graveside services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Gothenburg Cemetery with the Rev. Roy Wahlgren officiating. All Faiths Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Wahlgren was born Oct. 12, 1920, at Etna, Wayne Township in Custer County, to George and Lily (Cross) Aunspaugh.
She grew up at Gothenburg, receiving her education at Gothenburg Public Schools and Kearney State College. She attained her teaching certificate and taught at numerous rural Gothenburg area schools including District 89, Darr, 100-R and Valley Schools.
On June 22, 1946, she was united in marriage to Harry F. Wahlgren. The couple made Gothenburg their home, raising four sons.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church and Nebraska State Teachers’ Association.
Wahlgren enjoyed socializing and loved to volunteer at Gothenburg Public School, the nursing homes and Gothenburg Senior Center, according to family members. Her hobbies included reading, gardening and quilting. She was also an honorary longtime suffering Dodgers fan, but above all, she cherished her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by: her husband, Harry Wahlgren; parents, George and Lily; a son, William “Billy” Wahlgren; brothers—Lt. William Aunspaugh and Lt. Merle “Tot” Aunspaugh; sister, Shirley Fochtman.
Survivors include: her sons and daughters-in-law—Col. Van (Kelly) Wahlgren, M.D. of Ogallala, Maj. Lynn (June) Wahlgren of Chesapeake, VA, and Wesley (Shirley) Wahlgren of Grand Island; sisters—Verna Dell Brunkhorst of Mitchell and Janet Schmitz of Medford, OR; sister-in-law, Signe Block of Boulder, CO; seven grandchildren—Stacie and Jonathan Wahlgren, Leslie Reynolds, Jennifer and James Wahlgren and Harry and William Wahlgren.
Memorials are suggested to the Gothenburg Public Library.