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309 W. Parkdale Avenue
Manistee, MI 49660
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Ruth Tobey

Ruth Irene Tobey (Kuuttila)

Monday, September 24th, 1934 - Thursday, April 29th, 2021
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Ruth Irene (Kuuttila) Tobey passed away peacefully on April 29th 2021 at the tender age of 86.

She was born in Kaleva, MI as the eldest daughter in a family of five. She graduated from Kaleva High School with fourteen classmates and attended Central Michigan University. She met and married Robert Tobey in September 1955. They were happily married for over 65 years and built their family together in Manistee, MI.
She enjoyed working as a Teller at Kaleva Bank, being a devoted stay at home Mom, and as a dispatcher at Dial-a-Ride. Ruth was known for her positive outlook, faith and loving spirit.

Ruth was an active member at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and its Worship and Music Team. She also enjoyed serving as a Mentor to Confirmation students. Ruth along with Robert volunteered as a founding Committee member of Manistee Shoreline Showcase. Ruth enjoyed listening to live music with her husband, spending time at the family cottage, entertaining with her joy of cooking for family and friends, care taking for family and friends, and was a bright light in the lives of all those she was close with.

Left to cherish her memory are children Margo Snay (Cary), Mark Tobey (Anna) and Mary Willis (Ronald); brother Ken Kuuttila (Ellen); sister Linda Scamehorn (James); sister-in-laws’ Barbara Ostler (James) and Jane Synnestvedt; grandchildren Rebecca Martines (Tom), Natalie Snay and Grace Willis; beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Ruth was preceded in death by her beloved husband Robert and parents Eero and Fanny Kuuttila.

A celebration of the lives of Ruth and Robert is being held Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Manistee and they will be buried together at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kaleva, MI. The family will receive friends at the church from 10:00 AM until time of service.

If you wish to donate in memory of Ruth, please consider contributing to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or Manistee Senior Center.

Please share a memory with the family at Arrangements by Oak Grove Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Manistee.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 1st, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Thursday, July 1st, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am
    Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
    521 Cypress St.
    MANISTEE, MI 49660
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  • Service

    Thursday, July 1st, 2021 | 11:00am
    Thursday, July 1st, 2021 11:00am
    Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
    521 Cypress St.
    MANISTEE, MI 49660
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  • Interment

    Maple Grove Cemetery -Kaleva
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Martha (Johnson) and Lindsay Davis

Posted at 11:37am
"Ruth Tobey" will remain in our hearts forever. She spread joy and love wherever she went. May the memory of her give you joy and peace. With Love,
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Mark Tobey Posted at 09:14am

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Eve Hannah

Posted at 07:57pm
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Mark Tobey Posted at 06:45pm

Thank Eve!

Mark Tobey Posted at 06:45pm

Thank you Eve!

Kristin Reck

Posted at 06:28pm
I am so incredibly sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing. She radiated love and kindness every single time I saw her. She always had the best memories to share of Bob, the kids, and the grandkids and was SO proud of her family! I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with your family.
Kristin Reck

Mark Tobey Posted at 06:46pm

Thank you Kristin for sharing! ❤️

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