Ruth M. (Scharnhorst) Westhues, 84, of St. Charles, died Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles.
A memorial service was held Thursday, March 4, 2010, in the chapel at Alternative Funeral & Cremation Services in St. Peters, with visitation prior to the service. Inurnment was at St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery in St. Charles. Memorials are suggested to Foster Grandparents in care of the funeral home.
Born Dec. 21, 1925, in Marshall, she was the daughter of the late Clifford Arthur and Mary Jane Cromley Scharnhorst. On Jan. 12, 1949, in Glasgow, she married Francis John Westhues, who preceded her in death in 1976. She had resided in St. Charles for 58 years. She worked for 10 years as a teacher's assistant in Francis Howell School District and retired from Ahmann Office Supplies and Economy Sporting Goods. She was active with North East Community Action Corp. and Foster Grandparents.
Survivors include her daughter, Shirley Massey; two brothers, Wayne Scharnhorst and Robert Scharnhorst; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.