Moeller Funeral Home
104 Roosevelt Road
Valparaiso, IN  46383
(219) 462-0535
 Kosanke Funeral Home
105 East Indiana Avenue
Kouts, IN  46347
(219) 766-2224
Wanatah Funeral Chapel
309 North Main Street
Wanatah, IN  46390
(219) 733-2313
Angelcrest Cemetery
Highway 49 and 600 North
Valparaiso, IN  46383
(219) 531-8690

Ruth C. Grieger, 95, passed away Sunday, June 25, 2017 in Valparaiso. Born in Morocco, IN, on July 31, 1921 to George and Bethel Clarkson, Ruth graduated from Morocco High and from Ball State University with a teaching degree. While at Ball State, she and her roommate, Viv Tony, hitchhiked  around the Midwest in order to get where they needed to go, including Cedar Point where, as a summer job, Ruth became the first female lifeguard. She started her teaching career in Grovertown where she met Jim Grieger who swept her off her feet, hitting every dance hall around with Bud and Normalee, Duane and Doris, and Don and Delores.  They were married on June 19, 1946 and lived in Hanna where she taught in the Hanna and South Central school system until retirement in 1980.  Jim preceded her in death on September 12, 2014.  Ruth spent winters with Jim in Punta Gorda, FL, where she swam, rode her bike, wrote poetry and journal entries, and endured mobile home living with Jim and only one bathroom.  
Ruth is survived by three children; Sally (Larry) Cunningham, Mike Grieger, and Pat (Darcy) Grieger, four grandkids; Leslie, Josh, Aaron, and Russell, one great-grandchild, Mya Cunningham,  and true and lifelong friend, Jeanne Emerick. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Don and Lyle, and granddaughter Kris T. Cunningham.
Visitation and memorial will be Saturday, July 1, from 9 – 11 am, at Wanatah Funeral Chapel, 309 N Main St. with service beginning at 11:00 am. Memorial contributions may be made to VNA Hospice or the LaPorte County Small Animal Shelter.

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