By The Mercury

Ruth Alvina Winter, 85, died Sunday at Memorial Hospital in Abilene.

She was born April 22, 1928 in Lincoln, Neb.

Ruth was raised in Lincoln, Neb.  She married Rudolph “Sam” Winter on May 30, 1948.  In 1952, they moved to Clifton and then in 1955, moved to the Palmer community and farmed.

Ruth was a homemaker and later worked for the Palmer Café. She was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Palmer. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, eight sisters and a grandson.

She is survived by husband, Rudolph “Sam” Winter of Palmer; sons, Steve Winter of Aurora, Colo., Tom Winter of Manhattan, Randy Winter of Manhattan, and Scott Winter of Manhattan; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Rose Wertz of Lincoln, Neb.                                                                                       

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Palmer with the Rev. Tom Sahl officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery in Linn.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  The family will greet friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Neill-Schwensen-Rook Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to St Paul Lutheran Church courtesy of the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at

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