Ruth Herrmann

Ruth Herrmann

August 04, 1939 - September 20, 2016

Ruth Herrmann

August 04, 1939 - September 20, 2016


Ruth Herrmann passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at the New Orange Hills Skilled Nursing Facility in Orange, CA.

A visitation will be held on Friday, September 23rd, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the O’Connor Mortuary in Laguna Hills, CA. The Funeral service will be held at Mount of Olives Church which is located at 24772 Chrisanta Drive in Mission Viejo, CA on Saturday, September 24th, 2016 at 9:30 AM.

Ruth will be laid to rest on the same day at the El Toro Memorial Park located at 25751 Trabuco Rd., Lake Forest, CA at 11:30 AM with a brief gravesite ceremony.

Donations may be made in Ruth’s name to the American Heart Association,


Ruth Herrmann was born to Waldine and Otto Ernst Grapentin on August 4, 1939 in Koenigsberg, Germany. Ruth had a brother, Alfred Eifel (1936-1939), and two sisters, Ingrid and Ilse. In December 1956, Ruth came to the USA with her mother and two sisters by plane, sponsored by her aunt and uncle Herta and Heinrich Neumann in Minneapolis, MN.

Ruth’s first job was at the First National Bank in Minneapolis, MN in 1957 and in 1958 they moved to Milwaukee, WI where she worked for M&I bank and met her husband, Helmut Herrmann, whom she married in September of 1960.

Helmut and Ruth had three children, Carl-Heinz (1962), Sylvia Ruth (1963) and Martin Peter (1970).

Ruth had two grandchildren, Catherine Herrmann (1984) and Sarah Elizabeth Herrmann (2001).

Ruth loved school and was in children and church choirs. Ruth’s main interests were her Christian faith, spending time with her family, and hosting others in her home.

Ruth moved to California with her children in 1980. Over the years, she worked for Ford Aerospace, Loral, Lockheed and Fluor Daniel. She retired in 2002 where she spent her remaining years in her condo in Rancho Santa Margarita and attended Grace Community Church in Lake Forest, CA.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, younger sister Ilse, and brother, Alfred.

Ruth is survived by her older sister Ingrid, her children and her grandchildren.

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5 responses to Ruth Herrmann

  1. Dear Sylvia & Family,

    I’m so very sorry to hear about Ruth’s passing. I remember her so well from when I last saw her. She had a sweet laugh, and this picture helps me to hear her laugh and voice all over again. You have her beauty, Sylvia! She loved you very much, and I know she will be terribly missed. May God grant you and the rest of the family His peace and comfort as you remember her and find your new way forward, with her in your hearts.

    Love & comfort,

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  3. Ingrid says:

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  4. Marlit Cuhel says:

    We extend our deepest sympathy to all of the family at the home-going of Ruth. I have many pleasant memories of our times together, including the years we lived in Germany. When Ruth and her family immigrated to the U.S., they lived with us for a few weeks until they found a place of their own. We really got to know each other during that time. At one time there was a total of 13 people living in that little 3-bedroom home, with only ONE bathroom. We all managed to get along. Those memories and many others are precious to me. I am sorry that we will not be able to be at the memorial service or the funeral.
    May the Lord comfort you. Love…. Marlit and Marv Cuhel

  5. It was with great sadness that we learned of Aunt Ruth’s passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences and we hope that in a small way they help through these trying times. I fondly remember Aunt Ruth especially when I was young and we traveled to Milwaukee to visit my cousins. Aunt Ruth always had a big smile and treated us as one of her own and made us feel so at home. She had an infectious laugh that got others laughing and enjoyed having fun. She will be missed but not forgotten.

    With our sympathy,
    Ray and Susan

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