Ruth Eva Baumgartner, a resident of Quincy since 1977, and a former resident of Prosser and Whitstran, died on Saturday, May 26, 2012, at Columbia Basin Hospital. She had a peaceful ending of her life here on earth and is living with the Lord now.

The youngest of six children, Ruth was born in 1928 in Tapiau, Germany to Friederich and Anna Marie Hagelstein.

She attended elementary school in Königsberg, Germany until 1943 when she was assigned her 'duty year' of obligation to the government, working in the post office.

Ruth followed the path of her sister, Erika and came to America in November of 1953, living with her sister in Yakima.

Ruth proudly became a naturalized citizen of the U.S. on Dec. 16, 1959.

The happiest time in Ruth's life began at a dance in Yakima, where she met Karl Baumgartner whom she married in 1956.

Ruth and Karl first made their home on a small farm in Prosser and then in Whitstran.

Ruth worked as a hospital aide in Prosser and then as a waitress at the Safari Restaurant in Sunnyside. She had a strong work ethic and became the 'right hand' for Karl on the farm.

Karl's death came just 11 days shy of their 50th wedding anniversary.

With the move to a larger farm in Quincy in 1977, Ruth continued to work the farm alongside Karl. She also was employed to provide home care for several years.

She took great pride in her gardening as well, tending to a beautiful rose garden. Another love of Ruth's was bowling, which she and Karl enjoyed for many years. They bowled on several leagues in the area and traveled to many tournaments, capturing more than her share of trophies.

She is survived by relatives in Germany which include, nieces, Roselies Oberberger and Heidi Hecker (both daughters of Eva) and Susanne Palutzki (daughter of Lotte); plus many great-nieces and geat-nephews; and relatives in the U.S. stepdaughter, Karla (Rudy) Contreras of Little Rock, Ark.; stepson, Chris (Kaye) Baumgartner of Quincy; daughter, Erika (Jim) Fish of Soap Lake; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews in the Wenatchee area.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Erika, Eva, Friedel, Lotte; and brother, Kurt; as well as her husband, Karl Baumgartner.

Celebration of Ruth's life will be held Saturday, June 9, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Quincy, where Ruth attended prior to her hospitalization.

In Ruth's memory, family and friends can join in a bowling party at Lake Bowl, at 2 p.m. on June 9, 2012.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Quincy Food Bank.

Interment will be at a later date at Grandview Cemetery.

Those wishing to leave a memory for the family or sign the guestbook on-line may do so at

Scharbach's Columbia Funeral Chapel in Quincy has been entrusted with arrangements.


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