Ruth Ann "Ruthie" (Youngsma) Youngsma

Born: Fri., Oct. 13, 1922
Died: Wed., Dec. 9, 2015

Celebration of Life

12:00 PM Mon., Dec. 14, 2015
Location: First Church of the Nazarene

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 Ruth Ann Youngsma

Oct. 13, 1922 - Dec. 9, 2015

SOUTH BEND - Ruth Ann “Ruthie” Youngsma, 93, of South Bend, died Wednesday. Ruthie was born October 13, 1922, in Northbridge, MA, to the late Jean (McGregor) and Clarence Youngsma, and had lived in South Bend since 1930. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy Jean Youngsma, in 2009. She is survived by her very close friends and caregivers, Kelli and Wade Armentrout, their daughters, Kristin, Kortney, and Kaitlin and their families, and especially Christopher, Curtis and Colton Armentrout of South Bend, and many other friends.

Ruthie graduated from South Bend Central High School. She worked at Studebaker's of South Bend but retired as a secretary from Indiana Bell in 1985 after 32 years and was a lifelong member of South Bend First Church of the Nazarene.

In her retirement, she and her sister, Dorothy, enjoyed traveling and volunteering at church, and Ruthie was a faithful mall walker! They both were devoted to the care of the Armentrout boys who they unselfishly poured their lives into over the last 23 years.

A celebration of Ruthie's life memorial service will be held on Monday, December 14, 12:00 pm at First Church of the Nazarene, 51690 Ironwood Dr., South Bend. Burial will take place at Highland Cemetery. Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd., is assisting with arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the South Bend First Church of the Nazarene, 51690 Ironwood Dr., South Bend, IN 46635. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in Ruth 's memory to the following organization:

First Church of the Nazarene
51960 Ironwood Drive, South Bend, IN 46635

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Barbara Phillips Dylewski
   Posted Sun December 13, 2015
I worked with Ruth Ann and we were good friends as well as with her sister. I have her Cream Cheese Keflies recipe and think of her every time I make them. I had lost contact with her and wish I would have know where she was located. She was such a sweet person and we had a lot of good times together. God Bless her.

Sophie Mae Chase
   Posted Tue January 12, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss of Ruth Ann, she was a great woman. I just wanted to share with the family a thought from the bible at Isaiah 25:8 where it says that "He (God) will swallow up death forever...will wipe away the tears from all faces." That is a very comforting scripture that God promises for us in the future, so this scriptures helps me to find comfort when loved ones such as Ruth Ann pass away in death and I hope that it will help you too.