Funeral services for Ruby Timmerman, age 89, of Norfolk, Nebraska formerly of Creighton, Nebraska, will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Zion Lutheran Church in Creighton. Reverend Milana Joseph will officiate, with burial in Greenwood Cemetery in Creighton.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton.
Ruby died Friday, April 28, 2017, at Heritage of Bel Air in Norfolk.
Ruby Timmerman was born on Sept. 18, 1927, to August Kumm, Jr. and Clara (Scheer) Kumm at rural Winnetoon.
She attended grade school at Bazile Mills and many other rural Knox County schools, graduating as Valedictorian from Creighton High School in 1945, afterwards, attending the Omaha Commercial Extension School. She then worked at the Creighton Dime Store, Consumers Public Power, Lundberg Memorial Hospital, Creighton Livestock Market, and the American National Bank for 26 years, where she retired in 1991.
In 1947, Ruby married Walter Timmerman at Christ Lutheran Church in Bazile Mills. Ruby and Walt farmed East of Creighton for 23 years, before moving into Creighton in 1969. Four children were born and raised on their farm, Cheryl, Peggy, Brenda, and Greg.
Over the years, Ruby had many hobbies and developed many artistic styles, including drawing and painting. She studied art thru the Art Instruction Institute of Minneapolis; belonging to the NE Nebraska Art Association and the Petal Pushers China Painting Association for many enjoyable years. She won “Best in the Professional Division of Landscape Painting” in 1975 at the Art Institute. She also studied under many International known artists and attending their painting work-shops around the Midwest. Her art work was shown at many local and state shows, as well at Yankton College in Yankton, SD; the State Capitol in Bismark, ND; and the Miller & Paine Tea Room in Lincoln, NE. Favorite scenes were deserted farm places, wild-life, windmills, mountains and country scenes. Years later, she also created many lovely flower paintings.
Ruby enjoyed her art studio, built onto her Creighton home in 1976, where she also learned to paint many beautiful china gifts for many years. In time, she learned the art of making gorgeous porcelain dolls; and started the Ruby and Peg’s Dolls business, with daughter Peg, where they showed their dolls and her painted china gifts at numerous area craft shows for years.
After her working retirement, Ruby enjoyed flower gardening, quilting, genealogy, baking, crafts and seeing her grandchildren and eventually her new great grandchildren. Forever an artist and many years later, Ruby learned a new art medium - of pastel chalk drawing, while living at the Bel Air Nursing Home. Her hands and mind always wanting to keep busy.
After Ruby moved down to Norfolk in 2003, husband Walt passed away in 2005. She also lived at the Homestead for four years, before moving to Bel Air Nursing Home in 2009.
Survivors are three daughters, Cheryl and Jim Hopkins, Sioux City, IA, Peg and Dave Roker, Brenda and Doug Seegebarth; and son, Greg and Tammy Timmerman all of Norfolk. Ruby’s family also includes 10 grandchildren, Heath Hopkins, Troy (Lisa) Hopkins, Justin (Diana) Hopkins, Adam Roker, Cassie (Dustin) Nachtman, Barry Seegebarth, Matt (Beth) Seegebarth, Chris (Megan) Timmerman, Brandon Timmerman and special friend (Courtney Anderson), and Cody Timmerman. Her eight great-grandchildren are Nixon, Vincent, Lucas, Madysen, Dylin, Sophia, Copen, Ethan, and special “great grandchildren” Jacob, Brooklyn, and Gabe. She is also survived by sister, Pauline Bussell of Riverside, CA and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walt; brother, Arnim Kumm; and sisters, Ella Meikle and Sarah Krugman.