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Ruby Jane  Elson

Ruby Jane Elson

Female 1923 - 2005  (81 years)

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  • Name Ruby Jane Elson  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Born 16 Dec 1923  Riverside, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 6
    Gender Female 
    Occupation Business - Mobile Home, Recreational Vehicle Business 
    Died 20 Sep 2005  Mesa, AZ Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Buried 24 Sep 2005  Green Acres Cem, Scottsdale, AZ Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Person ID I477  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 7 Jan 2017 

    Father Claude Henry Elson,   b. 2 Aug 1882, Hagar Twsp, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1951, Benton Harbor, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Bessie Elizabeth Snouffer,   b. 2 Dec 1891, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1958, Riverside, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 28 Apr 1915  Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Family ID F161  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family George J. Wintersteen,   b. 29 Oct Sep, Chicago, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Apr 2010, Gilbert, Maricopa Cnty, AZ Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 14 May 1949  Riverside, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 6, 11
    Children 
     1. Carol Jean Wintersteen,   b. 24 Feb 1951, South Bend, St. Joseph Cnty, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1951, South Bend, St. Joseph Cnty, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     2. Marybeth Wintersteen,   b. 3 Oct 1952, South Bend, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     3. Donna Jean Wintersteen,   b. 4 Jul 1954, South Bend, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     4. Linda Jill Wintersteen,   b. 6 Dec 1956, South Bend, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    Last Modified 7 Jan 2017 15:40:59 
    Family ID F207  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Ruby Jane Elson, 1939
    Ruby Jane Elson, 1939

  • Notes 
    • Obituary, East Valley [AZ] Tribune (22 Sep 2005):
      "Ruby Jane Wintersteen, 81, of Mesa [AZ] passed away Tuesday, September 20, 2005. She was born December 16, 1923, in Riverside, Michigan, to Claude and Bessie Elson. She married George J. Wintersteen in 1949 and resided in Dowagiac, Michigan, until they brought their family to Mesa in 1959. She will be missed by her husband, George Wintersteen; her daughters, Marybeth (Kenneth) Berry of Gilbert, Donna (Alan) DesPlanques of Knoxville, Iowa, and Linda Wintersteen of Gilbert; and her six grandchildren, Cristine Berry, Christopher DesPlanques, Laura Berry, Cody DesPlanques, Brett Berry, and Chad DesPlanques; and her great-granddaughter, Brooklyn DesPlanques.
      "Services will be held at 10 am, Saturday, September 24th at the First Presbyterian Church of Mesa.... Burial will be at Green Acres Cemetery in Scottsdale at 12:30 pm...."

      The church memorial service program reads:
      "Ruby J. Wintersteen, 81, of Mesa passed away Tuesday, September 20, 2005. She was born December 16, 1923, in Riverside, Michigan, to Claude and Bessie Elson. She was the youngest of four children. Her sister and brothers were Ruth Knect [sic], Roy Elson and Bob Elson. Ruby's education began in a one-room schoolhouse, but she was a very bright girl and graduated from Benton Harbor High School with honors at the early age of 16. When her childhood home was destroyed by a fire when she was 15 years old, Ruby and her family rebuilt their house in Riverside where she lived until she married George J. Wintersteen of South Haven, Michigan, on May 14, 1949.
      "George and Ruby were blessed with three wonderful daughters: Marybeth, Donna and Linda. They resided in Dowagiac, Michigan, until they decided to move to Mesa in 1959. They joined First Presbyterian Church and have been members for over forty years. In the early 1960s, Ruby and George started Sun Valley Mobile Homes and were later joined by her brother, Roy, and his wife, Jane, in owning and operating their business.
      "After retirement, Ruby enjoyed many activities including knitting, ceramics and participation in church events. She and George traveled extensively in their motorhome, including a trip to Alaska. They attended her high school reunions and George's annual fighter squad reunions. They also loved camping every summer at their favorite spot near Woods Canyon Lake on the Mogollon Rim, where they were often joined by their grandchildren. Ruby treasured her role as a grandmother and loved to celebrate her grandchildren's accomplishments."

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] Bertha Newens|, Bertha Ina (Newens) Snouffer, "Newens & Snouffer Family Records", (Bertha Ina (Newens) Snouffer; unpublished charts; created abt 1960; revised abt 1970; original charts possessed by Wm.C.Snouffer).

    2. [S103] FindaGrave|, FindaGrave.com, (www.FindAGrave.com), (Claude H Elson; 16 Mar 1951).

    3. [S70] Knecht, Karen|, Karen Beth Knecht, "Correspondence", (Karen B. Knecht, alohakarenk@hotmail.com).

    4. [S42] Jewell - Snouffers|, Carol Snouffer Jewell, "Snouffer, Schnauffer, Newens of Germany, IA, 1523-1997" (Nov 1999), (Family Tree Maker, "World Family Tree," CD-ROM database (vol. 54, tree 2400), Cambridge, MA; The Learning Company, Inc. : 2000).

    5. [S3] Personal |, Person Named, Spouse, or close Relative or Friend, (Donna Jean Wintersteen).

    6. [S40] Obituary|, Anonymous, "Obituary".

    7. [S879] IA Marriages, 1838-1934 |, Iowa County Court Clerks, Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934, (Online database, "Historical Record Collections," Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, UT; https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list ).

    8. [S40] Obituary|, Anonymous, "Obituary", (Claude H Elson; 16 Mar 1951).

    9. [S69] Cedar Rapids Lutheran|, "Church Records", (First Lutheran Church, 1000 Third Ave, SE, Cedar Rapids, IA, 52403).

    10. [S37] Ancestry Tree - Mann|, James D. Hug, "Mann_2011-12-09", (Ancestry.com, Public Member Tree, Online database, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/33020986/listofallpeople).

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