She was born a twin on Dec. 2, 1927 to Emilie and Henry Linnemeyer in Bigelow, Minn. She grew up in a big family on the farm, went to a country school until she moved to California to take care of her sister, Vera.
She took nursing classes and worked at both Braham and Cambridge Hospitals until she retired. She also took art classes through a correspondence course and was extremely talented with drawing, especially people.
She met Harold Doberstein while teaching VBS at church. They were married Sept. 19, 1954 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran church, of which she was still an active member. They had five children. She taught Sunday school, was part of Ladies Aid, AAL (now Thrivent), was on a bowling league, enjoyed cross stitch, puzzles, word finds, going to Florida, walks onthe beach, Yanni concerts, crab legs and shrimp, shopping, outdoor flowers, her daily roadside walks with Harold and Portal of Prayer devotions, her grandchildren, joking, being teased and laughing. She was always complimented on her blue eyes, beautiful hair & perfect skin. The people she took care of were always sharing fond memories of how caring and compassionate she was to them. She was shy but made friends easily. She was well liked by other residents and all her caregivers during her final years.
Ruth is survived by her husband, Harold, daughters Cindy (Jim) Svare of Isanti, Teresa Doberstein-Erbstoesser of Cambridge, sons Alan (Kristy) Doberstein of Stanchfield, Craig Doberstein and Douglas Doberstein of Braham, six grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, two sisters, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Emilie &Henry Linnemeyer, brothers Marvin, Arnold, Norman, twin brother Roger, her sister Vera and infant siblings.
Service for Ruth will be at 11 a.m., with visitation starting at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Braham with Pastor Steve Anderson officiating. A lunch will be provided after the service by the Women of St. Stephen’s. Special music will be by the Garms Family, Great Adventure Gospel Band. Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Cremation service was provided by Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge.