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Ruth Marie Sweeney, 93, of Traverse City, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2017 at Munson Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family.
Ruth was born Friday, Feb. 15, 1924, to Arthur and Florence (Lochmann) Hoffman in Collinsville, Illinois. She married Bernard "Bud" Sweeney on May 5, 1952. During their 58 years of marriage they traveled extensively on their sailboat, as well as living abroad for brief periods in both London and Abu Dhabi. Ruth excelled at cooking and was the consummate hostess. She and Bud moved to Traverse City in 1952 and she was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church for over 65 years. Ruth was a woman of deep faith and will be remembered for her strength, faithfulness and consideration for others.
Ruth is survived by her daughter, Rhonda (Vernon) Nicholas, of Traverse City; son, James (Penny) Sweeney, of Traverse City; brother, Richard Hoffmann, of Springfield, Illinois; grandchildren, Amanda Sweeney, Connor Sweeney, Ryan Sweeney, Devon Sweeney and Renee Nicholas.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard "Bud" Sweeney; and parents, Arthur and Florence (Lochmann) Hoffmann,
Per Ruth's wishes cremation has taken place. A visitation will be held on Thursday, July 20 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Sunday, July 23 at 2 p.m.
Those wishing an expression of sympathy may direct contributions in Ruth's honor to the Trinity Lutheran School, 1003 South Maple St., Traverse City, MI 49684, or Munson Hospice, c/o Munson Regional Healthcare Foundation, 1150 Medical Campus Dr., Traverse City, MI 49684.
Please share your thoughts and memories of Ruth with her family by way of her online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on July 18, 2017
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