Ruth Dommer | Aug. 8, 1919 - June 24, 2013

Valparaiso woman had many talents

2013-07-25T00:00:00Z Valparaiso woman had many talentsCarrie Rodovich Times Correspondent
July 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Ruth Dommer was a creative woman who enjoyed making a variety of things, including quilts and crocheting, said her daughter, Donna Bowers.

“She was creative, and she loved to make practical things for people,” she said.

Ruth Dommer, 93, of Valparaiso, died June 24. She was a 1936 North Judson High School graduate. She had retired from McGill Manufacturing Co. She was a member of Heritage Lutheran Church.

She was preceded in death by Louis Dommer, her husband of 67 years, in 2007.

The couple enjoyed watching the Cubs, Bears and Bulls together, and also enjoyed restoring antique jukeboxes together. They also made stained glass, with her making the patterns. He cut the glass. Everything they made they gave away to family and friends.

“They were best friends,” Bowers said. “They looked out for each other. They attended church every Sunday together and practiced their Christianity on a daily basis, in their marriage and with family and friends.”

In addition to making quilts and doing crochet, she also loved to make anything out of wood, especially oak.

“Over the years, she made small tables, coat racks and key cabinets,” she said.

The family also enjoyed spending time at the cottage they had on the St. Joseph River in Michigan, where they would fish and play euchre.

She loved feeding the birds and tending her flower garden, and she loved making brownies, chocolate chip cookies and fudge.

Bowers said her mother was kind to everyone she met.

“She appreciated it whenever someone did something for her, and she let them know it,” she said. “Her greatest love was her children and their families, and they all felt her love.”

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