LINCOLN — Ruth J. Tunila Wiggers, 79, Lincoln, formerly of Beason and Wilkes Barre, Pa., went home to be with her loving husband, Marvin Wiggers, on Saturday (Sept. 28, 2013). Ruth was on vacation visiting her friend Tom LaVenda when she passed.
Ruth was born Nov. 20, 1933, the daughter of John and Viola Tunila. Ruth grew up in Wilkes Barre, Pa., and graduated from Wilkes Barre Township High School in Wilkes Barre, Pa. She moved to Washington, D.C., after high school to attend Western Union Telegraph School and then moved to Illinois.
In Illinois, she worked at the Blue Dog Inn and the Heritage Inn as a waitress and also for Eaton Corp. (formerly known as Cutler Hammer). She met Marvin Wiggers and they were married Sept. 21, 1968, at First United Methodist Church, Lincoln. Ruth and Marvin enjoyed dancing! They were members of the Hartsburg/Emden and Delavan Dance Clubs for many years. They traveled all 50 states in the union together and Europe. Ruth was a 4-H leader for many years and enjoyed arts and crafts of all kinds. She was talented and loving and will be dearly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her sister, Helen Lutkoski; brothers, Joe, Peter and Victor Tunila; and stepson, Kevin Wiggers.
She is survived by her brother, Edward (Rita) Tunila, Wilkes Barre, Pa.; daughter, Amy (Nathan) Chen, Brentwood, Tenn.; her sister-in-law, Katherina Goldhammer, Lincoln; brother-in-law, Milton Wiggers, Springfield; sister-in-law, Cecilia Tunila, Connecticut; stepdaughter, Karen (John) Sandel, Lincoln; son, Robert (Jill) Awe Jr., Lincoln; daughter-in-law, Carrie Wiggers, Indianapolis, Ind.; granddaughters, Ashley and Kinsley Chen, Brentwood, Tenn.; Shannon (Dan) Doolin, Emden; and Courtney Awe; grandsons, Gregory Chen, Brentwood, Tenn.; Matthew (Tessa) Sandel, Iowa; Israel Sandel, Lincoln; and Christian Sandel, Lincoln; seven great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. She is also survived by her friend Tom LaVenda, from Sacramento, Calif.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, Lincoln. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, with additional visitation an hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Hartsburg Union Cemetery, Hartsburg. Memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Susan G. Komen Foundation. Fricke Calvert Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln, is handling arrangements.
We would also like to thank the LaVenda family for all of their caring and support while Mom was visiting.