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Kathy Ruebel

Kathy Ruebel (Farrell)

Wednesday, July 12th, 1950 - Monday, March 1st, 2021
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Kathy Ruebel, 70, of Berrien Springs, passed away, Monday, March 1, 2021, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Friday, March 5, 2021 at 11am at the First Church of God, 2627 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, with Rev. David Colp officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 10-11 am. Memorial donations in Kathy’s name may be made to the First Church of God or the Humane Society of Southwest Michigan. To live-stream Kathy’s service please go to https://myfirstchurch.online.church/. Those wishing to sign Kathy’s Memory Book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Kathy was born July 12, 1950 in Decatur, Illinois to Roy & Margarette (Hinton) Farrell. She graduated from Decatur High School, Class of 1968. Kathy furthered her education with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, a Master’s in Special Education from the University of Missouri in St. Louis, and a Master’s in Education Leadership from National Louis University in Chicago. On November 26, 1978, Kathy married Douglas Ruebel in Bellville, Illinois.

Kathy taught at Francis Howell School in St. Charles, Missouri for twenty years, and spent ten years as a teacher, later becoming principal in the Plainfield, Illinois School District.
In 2012, she and Doug moved to Berrien Springs where she was active in many community projects—The Krasl Art Center and project director for Schools of Hope-an after school tutor program in the Benton Harbor School District. Kathy was a member of the First Church of God where she was active in Bible Study Fellowship, outreach programs and volunteer projects. She was also active in the First Congregational Church Women’s Book Club. Kathy was a past member of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority and Michigan Rho Women’s Education Sorority of St. Joseph.

Kathy is survived by her husband of forty-two years-Doug; three children-Matthew (Yvonne) Ruebel of Austin, TX, Christopher (Kelly) Ruebel of Plainfield, IL, Dr. Meghan Ruebel of Denver, CO; seven grandchildren; her sister Dr. Sherri Tracy of Statesboro, GA; several nieces & nephews; and her canine companions-Gracie & Rylee. She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother-in-law Russ Tracy.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, March 5th, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Friday, March 5th, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am
    First Church of God - St. Joseph
    2627 Niles Ave.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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  • Service

    Friday, March 5th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Friday, March 5th, 2021 11:00am
    First Church of God - St. Joseph
    2627 Niles Ave.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Memorial donations in Kathy’s name may be made to the First Church of God or the Humane Society of Southwest Michigan. To live-stream Kathy’s service please go to myfirstchurch.online.church. Masks & Social Distancing will be required for both the visitation & service.


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Diane Dings

Posted at 03:51pm
Kathy was a ray of sunshine! We loved her visits at the vet clinic whenever the girls were in for a spa day. We had some lovely conversations and I felt an instant connection with her. I am so very sad to learn of her passing. My sincere condolences to her family. She will be so very missed.


Posted at 06:42pm
Kathy was a talented teacher and a gentle mentor. I’m still using the lessons she imparted to me my very first year of teaching, some 14 years down the road. My sympathies to her family in their time of loss.

Jenni Cartwright

Posted at 11:18pm
Kathy was a wonderful leader and woman of God. She was the leader of my first Bible study at First Church and I’ll never forget the way she so graciously stepped into our lives and hearts as young moms and walked alongside us. I was blessed by knowing her and she will be missed. ♥️

Roberta Bodine

Posted at 08:35pm
Kathy was a fantastic and wise teacher. I was lucky enough to work her for several years in the Plainfield School district. Not only was she a great mentor, we became good friends my heart goes out to Doug and the rest of the family. She had such a big heart, limitless energy and the best smile in the world.

Mandy Robinson

Posted at 09:36pm
I will truly miss you Kathy my prayers and condolences are with everyone that got to know this wonderful person. We got to know each other during women group on Thursday mornings at overflow group u will be missed by all of us.

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