Ruth B. Horger

Est Tawas, Michigan
June 8, 1920 - June 5, 2018


Sunday, June 10, 2018
Buresh Funeral Home ~ Tawas Chapel
2:00 - 8:00 PM
Rosary at 7:00 PM

Service Location

Holy Family Catholic Church


Monday, June 11, 2018
11:00 AM (instate at 10:00 AM)

Obituary Notice

Ruth "Tutie" Blanche Horger, of East Tawas, formerly of Utica, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, age 97 years. Tutie’s parents George and Ruth (Martin) Dunn were from Michigan and while visiting Long Beach, California Tutie was born on June 8, 1920, and the family returned to Michigan after her birth where Tutie was raised.
She attended St. Mary's Academy and graduated in the class of 1939. She married her husband and best friend, George Harger, on October 12, 1940 at the St. Lawrence Church in Utica. Tutie will be forever remembered for her passion for making rag rugs on the loom, sewing, making quilts and gardening. She was a hard working woman and very faithful Christian. Aside from raising the couple's 14 children, Tutie also worked tirelessly on the family farm, caring for both crops and livestock! She was a devout parishioner of Holy Family Catholic Church, and the Catholic Council of Women (CCW). Tutie will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her! She is survived by her beloved children, Ruth Ann Williams of Sevierville, Tennessee, Donald (Barbara) Horger of East Tawas, Pamela (Michael) Meldrum of Sevierville, Tennessee, Daniel Horger of Whittemore, Terrance Horger of Rochester, Regina (Marvin) Wirgau of Whittemore, Mary Lou (Tommy) Smith of Oscoda, Christopher (Denise) Horger of Oakland, Michigan, John (Wendy) Horger of Glennie, son-in-law Jimmie Nelson of Hale, and daughter-in-law Debbie Jentz; 29 grandchildren, 47 great grandchildren; 13 great great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins; and many dear friends. Tutie is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, George Horger; 5 children, Delores and her husband John Wolff, George and his wife Geraldine Horger, Wilbur Horger, Nicholas Horger, Susan Nelson, and son-in-law, Barry Williams and two brothers Robert Vincent and George Nicholas. Tutie's family will welcome friends for visitation on Sunday, June 10, from 2:00 to 8:00 PM at the Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City. A Rosary prayer service will be held that evening at 7:00 PM at the funeral home. Her funeral mass will be Monday, June 11, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church with Father Charles Donajkowski officiating. Her family will welcome friends at church Monday morning from 10:00 AM until the time of the mass. She will be laid to rest in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery in Tawas City. Those wishing to express their condolences are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Holy Family School in her name. An online guest registry is available at


Holy Family Catholic School


Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery


Dear Got her family. Your mother, grandmother, great-grandmother was a exceptional woman. I am blessed to have known her n loved her! Your entire family is special to me. A true honor to know each and every one. Love n hugs. Barbie AKA Blondie.
— Ruth Horger
Our deepest sympathies for your family. All of you will be in our heart and prayers.
— Brian and Jonie Haycock
Hugs and prayers to all the Horger family. Our condolences to all of you.
— Shawn and Alice Gryspeerd and Family
Hugs and prayers to all the Horger family. Our deepest condolences.
— Shawn, Alice, Brianne, and Andrew Gryspeerd
I just had a dream about you last night. We were walking around your yard, looking at the garden talking about the flowers. It was nice. I wasn't sad when I woke up, I was happy. It felt like I got to say goodbye.
I miss you so much. One of a kind.
All my love to your family!
Keep on eye on us from up above
Love you!
— Tiffany Hoeppner
My heart felt condolences to the Horger Family
I know it’s never easy to lose a loved one. Your mother played as an important part of raising me as my own mother did.
Heaven truly gained a new angel today.
— Scott Carney #15
So sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Horger, Thoughts and Prayers are with the family.
— Kathleen Krueger
Such a wonderful anchor of our Holy Family Bazaar for decades...always a bright spot in our day...she will be greatly missed
— Laure Smith
What a wonderful lady Ruth was, always willing to share her talent in weaving with others, always with a smile on her face, she is one of a kind !! I will miss her.
— Judy Hicks
Deepest sympathy to you and your family.
— June Scott
So sorry for your loss. Charlie and I both send our love and condolences! All the Ziehl family
— Diane Ziehl (Charlie, too)
So sorry for your loss. Charlie and I both send our love and condolences! All the Ziehl family
— Charlie and Diane
Dan & Julie, so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Thinking of you.
— Sheri williams
Hugs and prayers to the whole Horger family. I have enjoyed photographing Ruth with the family at the reunions, you all have lots of cherished memories.
— Heather
Ruthie was a wonderful woman. She was always cheerful, loved God and her family, and made the best rugs and quilts. She was a great friend to our family over the years. With deepest sympathy and prayers!
— Claudia (Carney) Milburn
Toutes nos pensées sont avec toute la famille.
— Sylvie Et Thierry Horger
my deepest condolences to the entire Horger family...may her spirit shine bright in everyone's heart
— Frank Mahon
To the Horger Family, especially Ruth Ann and our daughter-in-law Jeannette, son Mike, Jenna & Maria, We are so for your loss may the wonderful family memories keep her in hearts forever. We celebrate Gramma Tudie's amazing life, her love of the outdoors, the Lake, her family, her rug weaving, and all of her loving care givers. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
— Sharon and Jim Jorden
I have many fond memories of her at the family reunion and how she cared for her grandchildren.
— William Meyer
My deepest sympathy family. May our loving memories ease the loss and bring us all comfort.
— Sheri & Lee Horger and Family
Our deepest condolences to the entire Horger Family. We have so many fond memories with both of our families spending old times together. Please know your Mom & Dad are thought of frequently. Sending our love & prayers for all of you. Jerry & Arlene(Ternes) DeGrace
— Jerry & Arlene (Ternes) DeGrace
So sorry to hear of your Moms passing. Sending prayers to all of you! Denise(Ternes) McFarland
— Denise (Ternes) McFarland
So very sorry that she passed, wonderful person that cared for everyone
— Edward Provencal

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