Ruth Huss

Ruth Doris (Schmitt) Huss, 96, of Chaska, passed away January 16, 2021, at her home in Chaska.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Jan. 21 at the Parish of Saints Joachim and Anne in the Church of St. Mark. 

Interment was at the Catholic Cemetery, Shakopee. 

Ruth was born in Evanston, Illinois on July 5, 1924, to Alois and Anna (Schmitt) Schmitt. She graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel Academy in Mankato and attended college at St. Catherine’s for a little over a year. She married Harold Huss in Shakopee on Nov. 13, 1947 and they welcomed five children into the family.

She was an extraordinary woman who was smart, financially savvy and the glue who held not only her family together but who also in her role as a “career” woman when many did not work outside of the home. She joined Stern Rubber Company at its beginning, as the office/business manager when it opened in 1969 and she remained in that role until her retirement at the age of 62. When Stern’s moved from Savage to Staples, she created many new friendships, helped her son run their bowling alley and fine dining restaurant where she would be the hostess, bus tables, run the dishwasher and handed out bowling shoes when she was not playing on her bowling league. She loved a good game of Bridge and spent many hours playing cards regularly with her friends. She was an active volunteer at the Staples Public Library where she used her writing skills to write a weekly article on library events for the Staples World newspaper. When she was in her 50’s she took a college psychology class at St. Catherine’s on weekends, just to prove to herself that she could do it.

She was a devout member of the former St. Mary’s Church in Shakopee until she moved to Chaska. Most of all, she loved her family, in her later years, she always looked forward to visits from her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also had the joy of having her sister, Beverly, as her best friend for nine decades. 

She will be deeply missed by four children, Stephen (Paula) Huss of St. Anthony, David (Lee) Huss of Shakopee, Michael (Mary) Huss of Wyoming and Patricia (Ken) Sheveland of Chaska; 13 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren who brought a smile to her face each time she saw them.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Gregory; former husband, Harold; one grandson-in-law, Bill Groby and one granddaughter, Jessica Rein.

Arrangements were with McNearney-Schmidt Funeral and Cremation, Shakopee, 952-445-2755. Condolences may be shared at

A recording of the service can be found on McNearney-Schmidt website. Memorials are preferred to Our Lady of Good Counsel in Mankato.

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