Ruby E. Johnson Magnuson passed away peacefully at the age of 103 on May 24, 2019, at the Edgerton Care Center.
Ruby was born December 19, 1915, in St. Charles, Illinois, to Walter Johnson and Mary Johnson, both immigrants from Sweden. At an early age she moved to Rockford, Illinois. She lived there until she was 98 years old. She then moved to Edgerton to be closer to her family. In 1937, she graduated from the nursing school at Swedish American Hospital. Ruby was extremely proud to be a nurse and talked about it often. On October 5, 1940, she married Clarence Magnuson in Rockford, Illinois. He preceded her in death in October 1979. She worked at the hospital until her children were born, Karen in 1943 and Dan in 1947. Then she became a stay-at-home mom. She was very active in her children’s lives and even was a Cub Scout leader. She also taught Sunday school and worked with the youth group at the Unitarian Church in Rockford. When she was 50 years old, she returned to nursing and worked another 19 years. In her younger years, she enjoyed being outside, caring for her roses, and walking the bike path at Sinnissippi Gardens in Rockford. Ruby was very family-oriented and spent much time with her granddaughters when they were growing up. When the great-grandchildren were born she loved being able to share in their lives.
Ruby experienced a few health challenges the last four years of her life but she continued to remain feisty and loved going on outings with her family. She spent much of her time with her great-grandchildren: Noah and Allen Schwengels; Emma, Jack and Ben Smith, who lived nearby.
She attributed her long life to the fact that she always remained active.
Ruby is survived by her daughter, Karen Schmeling of Edgerton; granddaughters: Kari (Mark) Schwengels of Evansville, Renee (Matt) Smith of Janesville, Christiana Lawrence of Rockford; and grandson, Dan Conorino of Rockford. She also is survived by several great-grandchildren; nieces Barbara, Mary and Debra; and one nephew, Harry (Janice). She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; son, Dan; son-in-law Dick Schmeling; her parents, two brothers, two sisters and their spouses.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 3, 2019, at Milton United Methodist Church with Pastor Steve Scott officiating. A visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of services Monday at the church. Albrecht Funeral Homes & Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.
Ruby’s family would like to give a special thank you to the staﬀ at the Edgerton Care Center. They kept Ruby safe and active. Without their loving care, she never would have lived to be 103 years old.
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