Ruth Fattig(1923 - 2014)

Fattig, Ruth Ruth Ada Fattig died in San Diego on March 16, 2104, at the age of 90. She was born December 10, 1923 in McCook, Nebraska, the daughter of Mabel and Fred Roggensees. She spent her youth in McCook, growing up next door to Harvey Cavell Fattig, her future husband. She moved to a farm near Nevada, Missouri with her parents, her sister Betty, and her brother Doug, when she was 13, and graduated from Walker High School. After the war broke out in 1941, Ruth moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked as a secretary for the Veterans Administration. She eventually got a position as an assistant on the air base in McCook where she could be near friends and family for the duration of the war. Her future husband began sending her letters from war zones, and ultimately proposed to her in one of those letters. They were married in Oberlin, Kansas when Cavell was on leave in 1944, and were married for 52 years. Ruth moved to San Diego in 1957. She worked for the US Postal Service until her retirement in 1983. She was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Ruth loved her kids and grandkids; taking them to the San Diego Zoo over the last 55 years was her favorite pastime. She loved baseball and was proud to be a fan and season ticket holder for the San Diego Padres. She lost her son Steven in 1978, and her beloved Cavell in 1996. She is survived by her son Richard Fattig of Sacramento, her daughter Kathleen Winer of Poway, her grandsons Jeff Fattig of Sacramento and Jason Winer of San Diego, her granddaughters Jessica Winer of San Diego and Ashley Fattig of San Francisco, and her sister Betty Shirley of Nevada, Missouri. Services were held on March 21st at Greenwood Mortuary in San Diego.

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Greenwood Memorial Park & Mortuary
4300 Imperial Ave San Diego, CA 92113
(619) 264-3131

Published in U-T San Diego on Apr. 2, 2014