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COON VALLEY — Ruth Juliet Ophus, 103, of Coon Valley passed away Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, at Vernon Manor, Viroqua.

She was born to Albert and Christine (Strangstalien) Swenson Sept. 16, 1914, in town of Coon, Vernon County. She graduated from Westby High School and Vernon County Normal School. From 1935 to 1941, she taught at Brown School, a one-room country school in Jefferson Township. On Oct. 26, 1940, she married John Ophus in Coon Valley.

She was a lifelong member of Coon Valley Lutheran Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher, a member of WELCA and North Ridge Circle, and sang in the church choir.

After farming on North Ridge for 29 years, Ruth and John retired to Coon Valley in 1975. After John passed away in 1993, Ruth continued to reside in Coon Valley until her health made it necessary to move to Vernon Manor in Viroqua in August, 2013.

Survivors include her daughter, Joanne (Dean) Flugstad of Lake City, Minn.; her son, the Rev. David (Jane) Ophus of Boise, Idaho; grandchildren, Kristen (Chad Loberger) Flugstad of Flagstaff, Ariz., Heidi Flugstad of Denver, Colo., Matthew (Leslie) Flugstad of Fergus Falls, Minn., John (Sheri) Ophus of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Rebecca Ophus of Boise; six great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Jack, Julianna, Ry, Lucia Ruth (Flugstad) and Oliver Ophus.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; sisters, Jeanette (Linrud) Role and Vivian Fleis; and brother, Arvid Swenson.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Coon Valley Lutheran Church. The Rev. Mitzi Miyamoto will officiate with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until time of service at the church.

The Seland Funeral Home in Coon Valley is assisting the family. Online condolences may be offered at

Blessed be the memories of this kind, generous and loving person, Ruth.

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