Ruby Worke, 88

Published 10:21 am Friday, September 7, 2012

Ruby Worke, 88, of Rochester, Minn., formerly of Blooming Prairie, Minn., died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at Methodist Hospital in Rochester.

Ruby Worke

Ruby A. Eaker was born Sept. 27, 1923, in Dodge County, Minn., to Amos F. and Mabel (Dahl) Eaker. She was baptized into the Lutheran faith and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie. Ruby attended Blooming Prairie schools. On March 15, 1941, she was united in marriage to Junior ‘Jack’ Worke at First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie, where they settled to raise their three children. Jack’s accident in 1965 forced Ruby into a new phase of her life, working away from home. She was employed at the hospital in Owatonna for four years. In 1970, she scored the “best job ever,” working as a supervisor of housekeeping at Prairie Manor Care Center. She loved her job so much she stayed for 30 years, retiring in 2000. 2001 brought Jack and Ruby to Rochester, although her heart remained in Blooming Prairie.

Survivors include two sons, Richard (Jan) and Larry (friend Sue), both of Rochester; son-in-law, Dean Mesenbring, Rochester; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brother Verlin (Sharon) Eaker; several nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents Amos and Mabel, her husband Jack, and her beloved daughter Vickie Mesenbring.

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Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at First Lutheran Church in Blooming Prairie, with Pastors Heidi Heimgartner and Charles Leonard officiating. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday Sept. 9 at Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home. Interment will be in First Lutheran Cemetery. Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at