Zehr, Ruth Loraine

Born: Oct 09, 1934
Died: Jul 14, 2019


Zehr, Ruth Loraine (Bender)
Passed away peacefully with family at her side on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at Grand River Hospital, KW Health Centre, Kitchener at the age of 84. Ruth was born in Wilmot Township, a daughter of the late Mahlon Bender and former Selena Ruby.
Beloved wife of Ron Zehr whom she married on July 28, 1956.  Cherished mother and grandmother to Bob and wife Connie Zehr and their children Celene & Eric; Don and wife Wendy Cressman Zehr and their children Tess and partner Jake and Michaela; Lynn and wife Julie Zehr and their son Blake; Will and wife Shannon Zehr and their son Lliam; Kathy Zehr and her children Elisabeth, Malcolm and Sheldon; and Mike and wife Denise Maurer and their children Mike, Matthew and Marc. Ruth is survived by her sister Marj Kaethler and brother Cleo Bender and his wife Joan, sisters-in-law Katie Bender and Joyce Zehr and brother-in-law Glenn Zehr and wife Mary Ellen as well as by her many nieces, nephews and extended families. Predeceased by her brothers and sisters-in-law Vernon and wife Katie Zehr, Art and wife Dorothy Bender, Olive and husband Orville Bender, Armand Bender, Lillian and husband Sam Lichty and Daniel Zehr.
Ruth was a member of Hillcrest Mennonite Church, New Hamburg.  Ruth was a long-time volunteer of the Wilmot Horticultural Society and the New Hamburg Thrift Centre and in her later years became an Author.
Family and friends are invited to the Mark Jutzi Funeral Home, 291 Huron Street, New Hamburg, on Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 p.m. for a time of memorial visiting.  The funeral service will take place on Friday, July 19, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Mennonite Church, New Hamburg with Pastors Jan Steckley and Kevin Peters Unrau officiating.  Interment in the 19th Line East Zorra Mennonite Cemetery.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Nithview Community, Building Fund or the Grand River Hospital Cancer Centre would be appreciated (Cheques Accepted).
Personal condolences and donation information available at www.markjutzifuneralhomes.ca

Visitation Information


Jul 18, 2019


2 - 4 & 7 - 9 p.m.


Mark Jutzi Funeral Home – New Hamburg
291 Huron Street
New Hamburg, Ontario
N3A 1K2
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Service Information


Jul 19, 2019


11:00 a.m.


Hillcrest Mennonite Church
1056 Huron Street
New Hamburg, Ontario
N3A 3E9
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Interment Information


19th Line East Zorra Mennonite Cemetery
RR#1 Tavistock, Ontario

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Although charitable funds are sent directly to the charity, please remember to contact us directly to give a card from you to the family in memory of their loved one.

Nithview Community
200 Boullee Street
New Hamburg, ON
N3A 2K4
(519) 662-2280

Grand River Regional Cancer Centre
Box 9056 STN C
Kitchener, Ontario
N2G 1G3


Condolence from Lynn and David Romagnoli sent on July 19, 2019

Don and Wendy- We were not able to make an appearance to give you are condolences. Your mom was well-liked and admired by my parents for her plant skills at horticulture society. You will miss her too.

Condolence from John and Heidi Bailey sent on July 19, 2019

Ruth was a force of nature and will always be remembered fondly. We’re so glad we have her books to remind us of her love for stories and the people who hold them! What a life well lived. Sending our love to all of you in the family. God bless.

Condolence from Michele and Rich Brenneman and family sent on July 18, 2019

We are very sorry for your loss. Ruth was an amazing woman who showed her love of Jesus in the lives she touched. Peace to you all.

Condolence from Colleen CJ Zehr sent on July 18, 2019

Aunt Ruth was an incredibly giving person. It was interesting to read her books as she recorded so many peoples stories, including her own. I’m glad I got to work with her as she created many comforters for MCC. She will be missed!

Condolence from Petra R Becker sent on July 17, 2019

First sorry for your loss. Ruth and R on were my first foster parents when I was 8, they were very nice ruth was a sweet lady very kind I wish I had visited more often,take care all the best

Condolence from Judie (Kerr) Bowlby sent on July 17, 2019

Thinking of all the family during this difficult but thankful time. Sincerely Judie Bowlby

Condolence from Barb and Dave Ortelli sent on July 16, 2019

We’re so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Several of our family have enjoyed reading your mom’s book.

Condolence from Elaine Emsley sent on July 16, 2019

When I first met Ruth, I saw the love in her eyes and oh that beautiful smile. She put me at such ease. I fell in love with her. I know in my heart of hearts that she now walks with Jesus. I’ll miss you so much Ruth, until we meet again.

Condolence from Greta & Gary Riedel sent on July 16, 2019

Our hearts go out to the Zehr family on the passing of Ruth. She was an amazing woman, full of love for everyone and very giving of herself. May angels surround you all during this time. and the Lords peace be with you all.

Condolence from Mark Totten sent on July 16, 2019

To Bob & Family,

Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss.

My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.