Ruth A. Huettl, 83


Ruth A. (Hoplin) Huettl, 83, of Roseville, formerly of Mounds View, passed away peacefully on Aug. 10.

Ruth grew up in Lowry and graduated from Glenwood High School in 1943. Ruth was a kindergarten teacher in the Mounds View School District for 37 years.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Aug. 14. Interment was at Sunset Cemetery. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, Presbyterian Homes of Roseville, Hospice of the Lakes or ADK Sorority. Washburn-McReavy Hillside Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.

Ruth is survived by brothers, Glenn (Dorothy) Hoplin and Donald (Doris) Hoplin; sisters, Elise (James V.) Anderson and Miriam "Snella" (Lynn) Lundin; sisters-in-law, Muriel Hoplin and Dorothy Hoplin; step-daughters, Linda Bryan, Pam (Thomas) Nashold and Sandra (Jerry) Hable; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald; parents, Ole and Esther Hoplin; brothers, Oliver Hoplin and Paul Hoplin; sister-in-law, Ruth Hoplin; nephew, Daniel Anderson; and Uncle Dave Nelson.

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Star Tribune
Saturday, August 15,2008

remembering
Kindergarten teacher always thought of others

* Hop Huettl who retired from Mounds View schools after teaching nearly 40 years, "believed in every kid."

 

Friends and relatives of Ruth (Hop) Huettl of Roseville say she was born to be a kindergarten teacher.

Huettl, who taught the early elementary grades for nearly 40 years, died of congestive heart failure on Sunday in Roseville.

The longtime resident of Mounds View and teacher of Mounds View schools was 83.

"She had the DNA of a kindergarten teacher," said her niece Jane Hansen of Bloomington, a retired Minneapolis teacher. "She encouraged me to teach."

"Children were the prime focus in her life," said her niece.

Ruth Hoplin grew up in Lowry, Minn., and graduated from Glenwood High School in 1943.

She attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis and graduated from the old Miss Wood's Kindergarten-Primary Training School in Minneapolis. In 1957, she earned her bachelor's degree from Macalester College in St. Paul.

Alana Blomberg, a retired Mounds View teacher who aught with Huettl at the old Ralph R. Reeder Elementary chook, said she as "compassionate" and "gentle."

"She believed in every kid and could teach anybody to read," said Blomberg. "She was able to cajole kids into believing that they wanted to do something."

Huettl's compassion went beyond her own students. In the midst of downsizing, she staged morale-building events, such as an Easter egg hunt for teachers.

Jeanette Makynen of Blaine, a retired Mounds View schoolteacher, recalled Huettl as creative and skilled in crafts.

"She was very close to the students and their parents," said Makynen. "She was one of the best."

In the early 1960s, she considered leaving education and became a qualified beautician.

But she thought twice about changing careers.

"It made me realize that working with children was much more rewarding and satisfying than working with fussy women," she wrote in a brief autobiography.

The Rev. Lisa Richardson, Huettl's pastor at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in Mounds View, said she regularly put together albums of cartoons and customized greeting cards for ailing friends and even for friends of friends.

"She was a hugger," said Richardson. "She was always thinking about another person."

Richardson fondly recalled that after Huettl retired, she dressed like an elementary schoolteacher might, wearing a pumpkin-themed sweatshirt in the fall and a sweater with a bunny during the Easter season.

"Whatever day it was, she made it a celebration," said her pastor.

She had been teaching at Valentine Hills Elementary School when she retired in 1984. In retirement, she took classes in cooking, calligraphy and crocheting, making 50 afghans for family and friends.

Her husband, Gerald Huettl, died in 2005.

She is survived by her brothers Glenn and Donald Hoplin, both of Glenwood, Minn.; sisters Elise Anderson of Minneapolis and Miriam (Snella) Lundin of Pelican Rapids, Minn; stepdaughters Linda Bryan of Little Canada, Pam Nashold of Cincinnati and Sandra Hable of White Bear Lake.

Services have teen held.