Fish, Ruth Severud


Ruth Severud Fish, 91, of Wayzata, Minn., formerly of Winona, died December 22, 2004, of Alzheimer's disease.

Born on January 4, 1913, in Winona at 514 Huff Street, she was the daughter of Christian T. Severud, a Norwegian immigrant, and Mina Strom Severud, a native of Fillmore County, Minn.

Ruth attended Winona public schools. After graduating from Winona State University (WSU) in 1933, with a bachelor's degree in art and a minor in music, she taught adult education night school classes in the Winona area. She also held art and design teaching positions in Lake City and Red Wing, Minn., as well as Iowa State University - Ames, the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, and the University of Wisconsin - Madison. In 1940, Ruth began graduate study at the University of Colorado - Boulder, and also studied at the University of Oregon - Eugene, and Harvard University through Carnegie Award Scholarships, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects.

While teaching at Illinois Tech., Ruth took classes at the Institute's School of Architecture, where she worked with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Ludwig K. Hilberseimer, both of the German Bauhaus School. She also took classes at the University of Chicago, and served as chairwoman of the Illinois Home Economics Association.

In 1951, Ruth received her master of science degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison on an honorary scholarship. She ended her teaching career in 1952, when she returned to Winona to marry Wendell Fish, president and general manager of the Federal Bakery.

Ruth was an active volunteer, working at Winona Community Memorial Hospital (CMH), Music Guild, the Winona Art Group, Shrine Auxiliary (supporting the Shriners Hospital for Children in Minneapolis), and the American Association of University Women. She received WSU's Distinguished Service Award in 1997, and was a Cornerstone Society member. Ruth established two scholarships for WSU students in art education, as well as the Alzheimer's Fund at CMH. She was also a charter member of Nor-Win Chapter 505 of the Sons of Norway, and a lifelong member of Central Lutheran Church.

Ruth was a loving, kind and devoted daughter, wife, mother and grandmother, and will be deeply missed by her family and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, husband, brother, Gordon M. Severud, stepdaughter, Colleen Fish, and stepson, Bill Fish.

She is survived by her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren, Carleton, Janet, Sara and Christian (C.J.) Fish of Plymouth, Minn.; nieces Karin Durrett (Donald) of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Minta Wood (Marshall) of Amelia Island, Fla.; step-daughter-in-law, Eleanor Fish, Rochester, Minn., and her children, Mary Duncan (Curtis) of Cincinnati, Ohio, Sandra Williams (Dean) of Eau Claire, Wis., Colleen Fitzgerald (Thomas) of Rochester, Minn., William Fish (Rebecca) of Shorewood, Minn., John Fish (Sandra) of Eyota, Minn., and Bradley Fish (Vicki) of Rochester, Minn.

A memorial service was held at Central Lutheran Church, Winona.

Ruth's family appreciates and thanks the wonderful, caring staff of Hillcrest Care Center in Wayzata.

Memorials may be directed to Central Lutheran Church in Winona.

Whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8

David Lee Funeral Home, Wayzata.

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