SCHOLZ, Ruth Paula (51512)


  • Born on December 07, 1931 in Sherwood, Washington Co., OR


  • Died on June 02, 2016 in Coeur d'Alene, Kooterai Co., ID
  • Buried in Coeur d'Alene Memorial Gardens in Coeur d'Alene, Kooterai Co., ID




  • Obituary: Ruth Paula Bertsch, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, entered God's kingdom of heaven June 2, 2016. Ruth was born Dec. 7, 1931, in Sherwood to Ernst and Lilly Scholz, and grew up among seven siblings on the family farm in Cornelius. After graduating from Hillsboro High School, she married Richard A. Bertsch in 1952. The couple moved to Coeur d'Alene in 1956 where they were founding members of Christ the King Lutheran Church. Ruth was a full-time mom to three sons for many years before re-entering the work force with Lafferty Transportation, from where she retired in 1996. She enjoyed reading novels and also music. She spent many years in the church choir, including some time as director. She was also church treasurer for a term. Ruth was preceded in death by her oldest son, John in 1964; husband, Richard in 2004; parents; and brothers, Martin and Robert Scholz. Survivors are her sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Donna Bertsch of Post Falls, Idaho, and Joel and Kim Bertsch of Coeur d'Alene; grandchildren, Ashley Payton of Pullman, Wash., Tori Bertsch of Billings, Mont., John Bertsch of Little Rock, Ark., and Sara Stepro of Coeur d'Alene; sisters, Donna Stark of Cornelius, Thelma Sanks of Walla Walla, Ann Middleton of Hillsboro and Doris McConnell of Bellingham, Wash.; and brother, John Scholz of Newberg.
  • Occupation: Employee at Lafferty Transportation