Ruth M. Gander

Ruth M. Gander, age 89, of Madison, died on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at University Hospital. She was born in Crawford County's Clayton Township on January 27, 1925, the daughter of Homer B. and Ida (Goplin) Mc Dermott. Ruth married Gaylord Keith Gander at the First Church of the Nazarene in Richland Center, WI on August 31, 1944. Ruth and Gaylord were avid Gospel music singers appearing in churches and nursing homes throughout Southern Wisconsin.

Survivors include her sons:

Robert W. (Carol) of Lodi

Donald K. (Mary) of Mineral Point

Louis D. (Carol) of Verona

Leland G. (Kim) of Mazomanie

Jesse D. (Lisa) of Larsen, WI

grandchildren and great grandchildren

her siblings:

Belva Jones of Rockford, IL

Esther Dietzman of Richland Center

Everett McDermott of Rockford, IL

Luella Bell of Brodhead

Alfred McDermott of Colorado

Gladys Beier of Wisconsin Dells

nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Gaylord August 6, 2010, and her sister Letha Halverson.

Funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Friday, March 21, 2014 at the Church of the Nazarene, 360 South Central Avenue, Richland Center, 53581. Visitation will be held at the Pratt Community Hall, 140 North Park Street, Richland Center on Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 6 PM until 9 PM. Friends may call at the church on Friday from 11:00 AM until the time of the service. The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the family. Online condolencs may be made at

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