Ruth Klara Liedtke

Posted on Thursday, October 5, 2017 13:23 PM

Ruth Klara Liedtke, née Habermann
September 28, 1933 – October 03, 2017

Passed away suddenly at her home in Dryden in the arms of her husband, G.A. (Joe) Liedtke. She is also survived by their children Manfred (Deb) Liedtke, Caroline Liedtke (Michel Morin), Karin Hofteig and daughter-in-law Maureen Frank. Loved by grandchildren Derek Hofteig, Cole Liedtke, Alyx Drager, Connor Liedtke, Elysa Wilson, Karla and Angus Liedtke, Jocelyn and Andre Morin. As well as by her great-grandchildren Ariana, Carter, Gavyn, Kala, Levi and Malakai. Her son, Frank Liedtke and her brother, Kurt Habermann preceded her in death.

Ruth was born in Patersbach, West Germany where she grew up and was certified as a Tailoress. She had an amazing sewing talent utilized in numerous capacities her whole life. Ruth met her husband Gebhard Liedtke at a New Year’s dance in 1954 they became an enduring, resourceful and productive team. There wasn’t anything they couldn’t build together. Children Karin and Manfred were born in Germany. Ruth’s quiet and gentle manner was deceiving as she boldly adventured around the world, living in Australia when Frank was born. The family settled in Canada and were drawn to the wilderness of the Red Lake District in the early 1960’s where daughter Caroline joined the family. 

Ruth and Joe worked hard as the owners of McKenzie Welding Inc. retiring in 1984. They lived surrounded by family and friends in their cottage on the lake. To stay busy in retirement they built and operated the Iron Ruth for houseboat adventures on Red Lake. The loss of her son Frank in an aircraft accident affected her deeply. Ruth loved to sew, knit, crochet and garden and as well as fish, hunt and trap. Renowned for her cooking and baking Ruth made family gatherings frequent and fun-filled events. After relocating to Dryden in 2013, Ruth’s busy life eased and she was lucky to have found new friends in her welcoming neighbors. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were always welcome, along with friends and family from around the globe. Ruth was loved by all whose lives she touched as our Beloved Wife, Mother, Oma and Friend.

A Private Family Memorial will be held at a later date.

If friends desire donations may be made to DRHC CT Scan Fund through the Stevens Funeral Homes P.O. Box 412, Dryden ON P8N 2Z1. Condolences may be posted at