Ruth Ann (Steinmann) Sievers, 94, with her family by her side at the family farm, passed peacefully from her earthly home into her heavenly home on the 3rd of May, 2022. She was born on January 21, 1928 on her family’s farm in the Hamel, IL township to parents Walter and Bertha Steinmann. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church (formerly New Gehlenbeck) in Hamel.
Ruth was married to her beloved husband Walter Sievers on September 19th, 1948 also at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hamel. He preceded her in death in 2011. Surviving are a daughter and two sons; Judy (Keith) Loemker, Gary (Cheryll) Sievers, and Jim (Kathy) Sievers. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren; Brian (Julie) Sievers, Julie Sievers (Tim) Scheller, Chris (Carmen) Loemker, Greg Sievers, Jennifer Loemker (Joey) Sexton, Mark (Tara) Sievers, Jeremy (Mauri) Loemker, Tim (Charley) Sievers, Kati Sievers (Greg) Harkins, Renee Henson Carlen, and one step-grandson, Eric (Shawna) Gray. Ruth was blessed to be the great-grandmother to 28 great-grandchildren and 3 step-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by 2 sisters, Frieda Maack, Verna (LeRoy) Langendorf, 2 sister-in-laws, Lynn Steinmann, Judy Steinmann, 27 nieces and nephews, and other friends and relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers and 3 sisters; Helen (Al) Hesterberg, Wilma (Vernon) Renken, Paul Steinmann, Norma “Toots” Steinmann, Harry “Bud” Steinmann, also 6 brothers-in-law, 3 sisters-in-law, 1 niece, and 2 nephews.
Ruth loved the Lord with all her heart and along with her late husband Walter, was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Staunton, IL, where she served in the Ladies Aid. She found immense joy in her church and spending time with her large family. She and Walt were dairy farmers until 1971 when they founded Sievers Equipment in Hamel, Il, where they worked alongside one another for many years. She loved listening to music and watching her favorite St. Louis Cardinals. Today we rejoice in the knowledge that she is forever at home with the Savior she faithfully served for 94 years.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM on Friday, May 6, 2022, and again from 9 AM to 10 AM on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at Zion Lutheran Church in Staunton. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 7, 2022, at 10 AM at Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Kelly Mitteis officiating. Burial will be held at Spangle Cemetery near Livingston, IL. Memorials are suggested to Zion Lutheran Church of Staunton, Spangle Cemetery, or KFUO.
Ruth was blessed with a talent for poetry, which she generously shared by writing personalized poems for countless baptisms, confirmations, birthdays, and weddings for her church and her extended family. In her memory, and to the Glory of God, we'd like to share one of her favorite poems with you here:
When our dear Lord shall call me home,
Unworthy tho' I am -
By grace I'm saved thru' Jesus’ blood,
God's Son, our sacrificial lamb.
Triumphantly He rose again,
Victorious o'er death and sin -
Triumphantly He entered Heaven,
So we too may enter in.
I know He shed His blood for me,
That I may live on High -
I owe a debt of gratitude,
For I'll live and never die.
Now may we always praise our God,
The Father, Son and Spirit,
Spread God's Word to every heart
In every land and share it.
As you await His final call,
Remember it was God's only Son -
Who died for us upon the cross,
And for all believers, salvation He's won.
Ruth Steinman Sievers