Ruth Alvena Marie REINERTSON “Dr. Ruth Roffmann”

Born April 6, 1917 in Cologne, Germany. Dr. Ruth is predeceased by her husband, Jake Reinertson and her sister, Margot Larsen. Ruth is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews throughout British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. Ruth graduated from the Kant Medical University in 1941, and immigrated to Canada with her sister in 1951 and settled in Vancouver, B.C. After completing government exams, Ruth then moved to Surrey, B.C. and gained privileges at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminister, B.C. Ruth first came to the Cariboo in 1957 where she met and fell in love with a head wrangler of the Flying ‘U’ Guest Ranch named Jake Reinertson. Theirs was a love affair that transcended death. Ruth soon moved to the Cariboo, unable to stay away from the ‘cute’ wrangler. At the age of 50, Ruth applied for and gained privileges at the 100 Mile Hospital where she met and worked with Dr. Fischer. Dr. Ruth had a great affection and respect for the natives of 100 Mile House and area. She admired the natives for their practicality, their ability to prioritize their lives according to their families and their deep sense of family. Dr. Ruth took all her experiences of the war, both good and bad, and applied the lessons learned to her practice. Foremost in importance was patience, understanding and compassion. When Dr. Ruth turned 65, she decided it was time to slow down a little, and gave up being ‘on call’. At the age of 70, Ruth retired, but she never tired of hearing about the people who were her patients and watching the children she delivered grow and develop and have children of their own. There will be a time of celebration of Ruth’s life late in August for family and friends to gather at the Red Coach Lodge. A memorial service will be held followed by a time – as Ruth requested – to party, laugh, sing and dance; not to cry and mourn. Watch for a further notice with dates and times. Contact Rev. Hilde Seal at 395-2932. Floral arrangements may be sent in Ruth’s name to Carefree Manor, Fischer Place or wherever beauty and peace are needed. Memorials may be sent to the CNIB or the Canadian Lung Association.

The race is done, You have won.

It is time to go home; Jake is saying “come”.

100 Mile Funeral Service entrusted with the arrangements. ~ 395-3243

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