Ruth A. Selander, 91, of East Moline, died Friday, March 9, 2018, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term Care, in Geneseo. A funeral service was at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 13 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo. The Rev. Matt Kamprath officiated. Entombment followed at Greenview Memorial Gardens, in East Moline. A visitation took place one hour (9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.) prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Hammond-Henry Hospital Foundation.

Ruth A. Selander, 91, of East Moline, died Friday, March 9, 2018, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term Care, in Geneseo. A funeral service was at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 13 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo. The Rev. Matt Kamprath officiated. Entombment followed at Greenview Memorial Gardens, in East Moline. A visitation took place one hour (9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.) prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Hammond-Henry Hospital Foundation.

Ruth was born May 26, 1926, in Aurora, the daughter of Frank and Mayme (Carlson) Kellett. She was a graduate of East Aurora High School. Ruth was united in marriage to William G. Selander on April 17, 1948, in Aurora. William preceded her in death in 2003. Ruth was a librarian’s assistant for United Township High School for many years. She enjoyed reading, poetry, crossword puzzles, and scrapbooking. Ruth was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

I know it may seem trite to say but Ruth Ann (Kellett) Selander was the best! In her almost 92 years here with us, she did all the common things; golden childhood; wartime adolescence; post-war marriage; children; grandchildren; great-grandchildren – but she did them all so well. She filled all the cracks and crevasses between those common guideposts with love, creativity, and laughter. I wish I could have the time and your attention to tell you all I know – it would fit volumes. You would laugh, you would cry, you would be amazed at the talent she possessed. You would love her as we do. And now, you would regret the last chapter, and beg for more as we do at this time.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Shari (Brad) Storm, of Geneseo; and Susan (Gary) Schobert, of Plano; son, Timothy (Elia) Selander, of Arlington, Texas; grandchildren, Dan Schobert, Melanee (Ken) Johnson, Rachel (Bob) Woodrick, Andrea (Adam) Raftery, Kaci Storm (fiance Matt Vermillion) and Tyler (Kelly) Storm, and seven great-grandchildren: Elizabeth, Haley, Mia, Owen, Charlie, Chambers and Annabel. Ruth also is survived by her sister, Marjorie Seifert, of Yorkville. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mayme; husband, William; one brother and one sister.