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Ruth Helen Joy Meyer

December 23, 1936 — July 26, 2023

Aurora, MN


Ruth Helen Joy (Tapa) Meyer, 86, of Aurora, MN passed away peacefully with family by her side on Wednesday, July 26, 2023, at Essentia Health- Northern Pines in Aurora.

She was born at home in rural Skime, MN on December 23, 1936, near Roseau, MN to John and Wilruth (Knutson) Tapa.

Ruth enjoyed gardening, reading, wildlife, watching sports, bingo, and garage sales.  Game nights were one of her favorites. She truly enjoyed birdwatching, time spent on their hobby farm, and hosting family and friend get togethers.

She had several jobs. She was a bus driver, U.S. Census taker, shirt factory worker and wreath maker. Her most important job was raising her children and helping care for many grandchildren over the years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Adam Meyer; daughter, Terri Marie; grandsons, Darwin Adam Meyer and Coltyn “Tater” Williams; sisters, Joanne and Rose; and brother, Robert.

Ruth is survived by her children, Steven (Kim), Leonard, Timothy (Myong), Michael, David, Dan (Samuel), Sheryl (Tom), Darwin, Shelley (Tony); brother, John “Jack” Tapa; sister, Janice (Delray) Larson; and many beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, July 31, 2023, at 11:00am at Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Aurora. Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 30, 2023, from 2:00pm-4:00pm along with one hour prior to the service.

Inurnment will take place at a later date in Bethesda Cemetery in Skime, MN.

Arrangements are with Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Aurora.

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Monday, July 31, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home - Aurora

402 W 3rd Ave N, Aurora, MN 55705

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