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Ruth Marie Vogelsmeier Hermerding

Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Ruth Marie Vogelsmeier Hermerding, 95, of rural Sweet Springs, died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004, at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 6, at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sweet Springs. Pastor David Ritoch will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, at the church. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Sweet Springs. Memorials are suggested to Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home of Sweet Springs.

Born June 30, 1909, north of Sweet Springs, she was the twin daughter of the late Rudolph "Doc" Vogelsmeier and Lena Schlue Vogelsmeier. On April 23, 1935, at her parents' home in Sweet Springs, she married Werner Paul Hermerding, who preceded her in death July 6, 1976. She graduated from Sweet Springs High School in 1927 and from Cottey Junior College in Nevada in 1929 with an associate degree in elementary teaching. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1952 with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education and a minor in home economics. She received a master's degree in 1967 from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg. She taught in Saline County area schools from 1929 to 1967, with the last 19 years teaching in the Sweet Springs R-7 School District. She retired May 21, 1976. She was commissioned as Saline County recorder of deeds on July 14, 1976, following her husband's death. She was a member of the Missouri State Teachers Association; Missouri University Alumni Association; Saline County Area Retired Teachers Association, serving 10 years as secretary and six years as president; Delta Kappa Gamma International Association; American Association of University Women; American Business Women's Association; Optimist International; Friends of Arrow Rock; Saline County Republicans; Sweet Springs Saddle and Bridle Club and Aid Association for Lutherans. She was an honorary member of the Sweet Springs FFA Chapter and national FFA organization. She was a member of Lutheran Ladies Aid Society and the Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church choir. On April 30, 2002, she was inducted into the Gold Medal Society of the University of Missouri-Columbia. In June 2002, she received an inscribed plaque honoring her service in Delta Kappa Gamma and in May 2004 she received a plaque recognizing her contributions to FFA. She enjoyed doing yard work and floral arranging along with watching television, reading the daily news and embroidering.

Survivors include one son, James Gordon Hermerding of Livermore, Calif.; one daughter, Janice Kay Hermerding of Raytown; two grandchildren, Deborah Dee Clark of Livermore, Calif., and James G. Hermerding II of San Jose, Calif.; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one brother, Raymond Vogelsmeier; twin sister, Helen Gibson; and sister-in-law, Nadyne Vogelsmeier.

Additional information included per family recompense.