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Norman "Norm" R. Ruegemer – Obituary

Name: Norman "Norm" R. Ruegemer

Age: 77

Born: 08-17-1943

Died: 07-05-2021

Daniel Funeral Home, St. Joseph, Minnesota

St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Waite Park, Minnesota

Mass of Christian Burial Celebrating the Life of Norman (Norm) Raymond Ruegemer, 77, of St. Joseph, will be held on Friday, July 9, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waite Park. Norm passed away peacefully at home while holding the hand of his wife LeeAnn on Monday, July 5, 2021. Burial, with full military honors, will be in the St. Joseph’s Parish Cemetery, Waite Park. Reverend Timothy Gapinski and Reverend Isaiah Frederick will concelebrate.

Family and friends can visit from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Joseph.  Parish prayers will be at 8:00 p.m. There will be no visitation prior to the Funeral Mass.

Norm was born August 17,1943 in Melrose, MN to Christian and Kathryn (Wachman) Ruegemer.  He graduated from St. Boniface High School in Cold Spring in 1961.  Norm married LeeAnn Pietron on November 24,1966 in Waite Park.  Norm worked at Cold Spring Granite and DeZurik for many years.  Norm served in the United States Army Reserves for eight years. Norm was a member of Catholic United Financial, Eagles Aerie 662, and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Waite Park.  He was a loving, kind, giving, and gentle man who adored his family and lived a faith filled life. 

Norm enjoyed spending time with family and friends, vacationing in Las Vegas and going to local casinos with LeeAnn, and attending his grandsons’ athletic events and celebrating their milestones in life.  They held a special place in his heart and his pride and joy showed when he was with them.  He also had three grand-dogs who wagged their tails into his heart. He is a man who will forever be remembered for a wonderful sense of humor. His witty birthday card messages, jingles sung on the phone, and birthday videos made with friends warm our hearts.  His years of delivering Christmas presents dressed as “Santa” makes everyone smile, young and old.  He will be remembered as an empathetic husband, father and grandfather, brother and uncle.  Throughout Norm’s life, he faced many health challenges. Although his internal organs eventually failed him, his heart was always exploding with love.  He was truly a gift from above and if your path crossed with him, you were blessed.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, LeeAnn; children, Rhonda Hartung (fiancé Craig Hoel), Waite Park; Melanie (Brandon) Gross, Claremont; grandsons, Jeremy Hartung, Minneapolis and Brandon Hartung, Waite Park; and grand-dogs Hutch, Royal, and Boone, Claremont; sisters Dorothy Pflipsen, Cold Spring; Lucille Stock, St. Cloud; sister-in-laws Dee Ruegemer, Richmond; Rollee (Al) Mohs, St. Joseph, and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Eldred (Ruggie) Ruegemer, and brother-in-laws Richard Pflipsen and John Stock.

A special thank-you goes out to all the doctors and nurses who cared for Norm along the way.


Guestbook for Norman "Norm" R. Ruegemer

Vern and Bery
, Neighbors/friends
July 9, 2021, 2:04 pm
LeeAnn and family, We are so grateful for the years we had living next to Norm and getting to know him. I won’t ever forget the time he came over after my Dad died, stayed with me and we cried together…it didn’t matter that he never met my Dad he was there to comfort me. He was an angel here on earth before he became one in Heaven…he certainly earned his wings…and they are big shiny ones! Really loved that man, he was a good example of what it means to be a real Christian. He loved God and he loved people…Jesus said those are the most important commandments given to us all! What a gift God gave us all to have Norm be a part of our lives! LeeAnn and family, you are in our heats, thoughts and prayers!
Michael abraham
, Old neighbor
July 9, 2021, 6:27 am
Dear ruegemer family my thoughts and prayers go out too all of you as your going through tough time right now I will always remember norm because I still remember when he always go and water all the trees in his lot it always seemed like I was always either helping him or just being by him as a little side kick just remember he always took pride in his trees that he always planted all I can say he is probably doing the same exact thing up in heaven
Donna J Knaus
, Friend
July 7, 2021, 11:30 pm
Lee Ann and Family, We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers! Always enjoyed our visits especially at the Bakery! I know he will be missed! Love Donna and John Knaus
Chris Briggs
, Friend
July 6, 2021, 8:56 pm
Heaven is rejoicing. It's gained an Angel. But, our hearts are hurting because of loosing a wonderful Man. All our Love to the whole Family Steve and Chris Briggs

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