Ruby Suderman

by Jared Jost | December 14, 2019 11:55 am

[1]Hillsboro – Ruby Suderman, 99, died December 13, 2019 at Parkside Home in Hillsboro.  She was born August 9, 1920 in Fairview, Oklahoma to J.C. and Minnie (Hein) Grunau.  She married Leon Suderman October 2, 1942 in Fairview, Oklahoma.  Survivors include: sons, Gary (Lisa) Suderman of Rural Hillsboro, Jerry (Micki) Suderman of Rural Hillsboro, Merlin (Robby) Suderman of Wichita; daughter, Becky (Dale) Nuss of Hillsboro; sister, Wilma Ewert of Fresno, CA; 8 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild.  Celebration of Life Service 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at Ebenfeld M.B. Church rural Hillsboro with Pastor Gaylord Goertzen officiating.  Interment 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at Ebenfeld Cemetery rural Hillsboro.  Family will receive guests from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro.  Memorials to the Church in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063.  Online condolences at

Life Sketch Taken from the Funeral Bulletin

Ruby Suderman was born August 9, 1920 in Fairview, Oklahoma, to Jacob C. and Minnie (Hein) Grunau. At the age of three years, her family moved to Hillsboro, Kansas where her father J.C. Grunau spent one year at Tabor College, preparing for ministry. After that one year, her family returned to Fairview. After his ordination her father became the pastor of the South Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church so Ruby was “a preacher’s kid.”

At the age of six, Ruby began school in the Fairview city school, attending there until the family moved to the farm. There she finished her schooling in the country. She then attended the nearby Fairview Bible Academy. After graduating from the academy, she took on house cleaning work in town.

At the age of 11 years, Ruby accepted Christ as her Savior and was baptized on May 24, 1931, joining the South Fairview (Sued-Hoffnungsfeld) Mennonite Brethren Church, rural Fairview.

In 1941 she came to Hillsboro to work at Levi and Sally Suderman’s, caring for their new born son, Allen. Here Ruby met Leon Suderman at a male chorus program at Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church. Leon and Ruby were married on October 2, 1942 at Fairview with her father officiating and A.W. Epp giving the sermon. The young couple returned to the Ebenfeld community, moved onto a farm southeast of Hillsboro, the old Fred Gard place, and started farming. Ruby officially transferred her membership from the South Fairview Church to the Ebenfeld Church, April 18, 1943. 

In 1944 Leon and Ruby became parents to twin boys, Gary and Jerry. Ruby wrote of this time: “This was a challenge. We had no washer, I worked so many hours with a rubbing board!” In time two more children joined the family—Merlin and Becky.

Ruby was an efficient homemaker and farmwife. The story is told that at 11 am Ruby would be running around chasing a chicken, and by noon, the chicken would be butchered, plucked, cooked and served at the table! 

Ruby’s mother taught her to sew and quilt at a young age. After her marriage she attended Women’s Missionary Society (W.M.S.) at church and in her own words, “put many stitches in quilts.” Ruby made beautiful quilts for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 She was very active in her church, teaching Sunday School, Wednesday night Bible classes and Daily Vacation Bible School (D.V.B.S.). Ruby was a good cook and a good organizer, serving on the church foods committee for many years. She put her skills to good use in a special way when she chaired a group of Ebenfeld volunteers who cooked meals for church camp at Siloam Springs, Arkansas in 1957. There were 600 in attendance at this camp!

Ruby enjoyed traveling. In later years she and Leon took many trips, traveling to Europe, Hong Kong, Hawaii and Alaska.

“Her grandkids were it!” She loved them all and loved to support them in every way. She sewed dresses for her granddaughters. She attended many, many sports activities for her grandchildren—especially football. She could recite a football game, play by play, when asked. 

Ruby and Leon celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in October of 1992. Her husband Leon died four-and-a half years later on February 3, 1997. Two years later in 1999 she moved from the homeplace into the town of Hillsboro on Wilson Street. After some years she moved into Parkside Homes, House 4, where she went to be with her Lord and Savior on December 13, 2019 at the remarkable age of 99 years. 

She leaves to mourn her passing: her children Gary and Lisa Suderman, rural Hillsboro; Jerry and Micki Suderman, rural Hillsboro; Merlin and Robby Suderman, Wichita; and Becky and Dale Nuss, Hillsboro, eight grandchildren: Shelli Buffington, Staci Pectol, Angie Davis, Kelli Kamphaus, Lindsey Desmond, Jeff Suderman, Scott Nuss, and Alex Nuss, thirteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, and one sister Wilma Ewert, Fresno, Calif. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Leon; her sister Rosella Thomas, and her brothers Clifford Grunau, Allen Grunau and Jay Dean Grunau, who died at birth.

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