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Ruth Notaro

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Ruth Eileen (Bostrom) Notaro, age 84, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, at Boutwells Landing Presbyterian Home in Oak Park Heights, Minn.

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Ruth was born on March 15, 1925, to Arvid and Helen (Lind) Bostrom in Two Harbors, Minn. She was confirmed at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Two Harbors, and graduated from Two Harbors High School in 1943. Ruth then attended St. Paul School of Business. She served as secretary to bankers in Duluth before becoming the first office professional hired by Reserve Mining Company in Silver Bay, Minn.

Ruth married Keith Sanford at Castle Haven on the North Shore of Lake Superior in September 1950. Following their divorce in 1960, Ruth was employed in San Francisco, Minneapolis, and St. Paul before moving to Chicago in 1965. It was there that she worked as a corporate secretary for Statistical Tabulation Corporation until her retirement in 1995.

Ruth married Michael R. Notaro on March 10, 1984, in Chicago. They traveled abroad on numerous occasions and enjoyed entertaining family and friends at their vacation home, "Whiplash," just outside Hayward, Wis. Following Michael's death in 1998, she moved to Woodbury, Minn., in July, 1999. This past July, Ruth moved to Boutwells Landing in Oak Park Heights.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Einar Steen; and husbands, Keith Sanford and Michael Notaro.

She is survived by her brother, Jack Bostrom, and sister-in-law, Shirley, of Menomonie, Wis.; nieces, Kristen (Jim) Ellenson, Corvallis, Ore., and Kari Bostrom, St. Paul; great-nephews Luther and Hans Ellenson, Corvallis, Ore.; special goddaughter, Victoria Haack (Bob) Reuter, Lakeville, Minn. Her "Chicago" family includes stepchildren, Michael Notaro, Jr. and Phyllis Notaro; step-grandchildren, John Notaro, Michael Notaro III, Nancy Notaro, Dawn Thropp and Tina Meagher; many cousins and godchildren.

Ruth was a life member of the Women of the Moose. She was a charter member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Castle Danger, Minn., and a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Woodbury. She was also a member of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Minnesota Historical Society and the Arbor Society. Her gifts included Luther College, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, The Childrens' Fund, American Cancer Society, Animal Humane Society and many other special organizations. Ruth's interests included cooking, baking, travel and photography. Ruth loved nature, the flowers that bloomed in her beautiful gardens and feeding the birds that resided safely in her yard. But, more than any of these things, she loved her family and friends the most.

A celebration of her life was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at St. John Lutheran Church, 1975 St. Johns Dr., Woodbury, Minn. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service. A brief memorial and gathering was held at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Castle Danger on Sunday, Nov. 1. Burial in Two Harbors. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to St. John Lutheran Church, Woodbury.

Arrangements made by Wulff Funeral Home, Woodbury, and Cavallin Funeral Home, Two Harbors.

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