Ruth Adeline Lantz-Kouvelis

FELCH, Mich. – Ruth was born Saturday, Feb. 8, 1919, and died Saturday, March 22, 2014.

She was born in Felch, daughter of the late Edward Lantz and Anna Dixon-Lantz. She was raised in Felch and graduated from Felch High School in 1938.

After graduating, Ruth moved to Chicago to work. While there, she met and married Nicholas Michael Kouvelis and together they had four children. Nick and Ruth moved to Norway Lake after Nick retired. Nick died Dec. 28, 1977. Ruth resided at Norway Lake until her 90th birthday. She then moved to Naperville, Ill., to her own apartment so she could be close to her children and grandchildren.

Ruth loved Jesus with all her heart, was a very kind and loving person and had a great sense of humor. She took pride in her cooking, which she mastered, and her specialty was Greek cuisine. She loved to cook for her family and that was always a gift to them. Ruth loved her plants and flowers and was always doing something in the yard. She loved to play cards with her children and grandchildren and her favorite song was “How Great Thou Art.” Above all else, she was a wonderful, loving mother.

In addition to her husband, Ruth was preceded in death by her sisters, Bonnie Rasmussen, Vivian Quick, Janet Olson, Eleanor Lamont and Doris Smithson; and her brothers, Roy Lantz, Chester Lantz and Robert Lantz.

She is survived by her four children and their spouses, Michael Edward Kouvelis (Christine), John Nicholas Kouvelis (Mary Ann), Anna Katherine Basty (David), and Mary Lynn Waltzek (William); brothers, Herbert Lantz (Carol), Don Lantz (Janet); sister, Jacqueline Sheldon; her grandchildren, Steven Nicholas Thomas, Audrey Ruth Thomas, Scott Michael Thomas, William Nicholas Waltzek, Robert John Waltzek, Kedra Chalen Pai (Brian), Karlin Susan VanMoorleghem (Mike), and Kate Nicole Kouvelis; her nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Visitation and funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 12, at Zion Lutheran Church in Metropolitan (Felch). Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon. The funeral service will follow at noon at the church. Pastors Lee and Lori Liverance will officiate.

A luncheon will be served immediately following the service in the Zion Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome.