AHONEN, Ruth Helen, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-
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Terrace, Fla., entered into heaven January 18, 2011. Mrs. Ahonen was one of three children born May 30, 1927, to Julius and Anna Schultz. She graduated from Sterling High School in Sterling, Ill. Mrs. Ahonen was married to Richard E. Ahonen of Wakefield, Mich., for 48 years. She lived a full life as a military wife, mother, homemaker, worked in retail, and was very active in her church and activities. One of her favorite past times was playing cards and visiting with her friends at the Lightfoot Senior Center. Well known for her baking abilities, the array of breads and cookies were always a welcomed treat but the Finnish Biscuit with lots of butter was her specialty. Mrs. Ahonen was preceded in death by her husband, Richard E. Ahonen; parents, Julius and Anna Schultz; daughter, Sandra Marie Ahonen; and sister, Marion Stralow. She is survived by her two daughters, Paula Van Cleave (Ron) of Temple Terrace and Julie Ahonen of El Paso, Texas; five grandchildren, Tiffany Donahoo (Dustin) of Riverview, Fla., Courtney Van Cleave of Temple Terrace and Amara, Joseph, and Matthew Williams of El Paso; great-granddaughter, Allie Williams of El Paso; brother, Ernest Schultz (Hazel) of Sterling; and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Ahonen will be missed by all who knew her, a kind, caring and generous person, her love for God and family. A Christian service of burial will take place at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, January 23, at Gonzalez Funeral home, followed by internment at Sunset Memory Gardens in
Thonotosassa, Fla. Pastor Don Letzring of Wellswood Babtist Church will preside over both. The family will receive friends at 11 a.m. Sunday, January 23. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Lutheran School, Sterling, or a local animal and rescue shelter.
Published in TBO.com on Jan. 21, 2011