Ruth Alice Bradstreet

Ruth Alice Bradstreet, 95, of Sioux City passed away Friday, June 21, 2019 at a local hospital.

Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Emporia, Kansas. Arrangements are under the direction of Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel in Sioux City, IA.

Ruth was born June 22, 1923 in Crook, SD, the daughter of Tony and Edna (Benson) VanVliet. Ruth grew up during the Depression and; like many others, her family faced many challenges. She attended Orange City, IA schools for most of her life until high school when her family had to move to Alton, IA. Ruth enjoyed her time in Alton, and graduated from Alton High School. The family then moved to Sioux City, IA where she helped support her family.

Ruth married Kenneth Bradstreet on May 1, 1946 in Sioux City. To this union, three boys were born. Ruth devoted her life to being a wife and mother. Ruth was a Cub Scout Den Mother, and both Kenneth and Ruth devoted themselves to the activities and sports of their three boys. She was a beautiful quilter and experienced in embroidery and sewing. Ruth enjoyed bowling and crossword puzzles, a lifelong reader, and avid traveler with her husband Kenneth. She was a Kansas City Royals baseball fan who listened to most games on the radio and also looked forward to the college basketball season each year and never missed a Kansas Jayhawks game if she could help it.

Survivors include her sons, Larry (Sandra) Bradstreet of Sioux City and Garry Bradstreet of Shawnee Mission, KS; daughter-in-law, Andrea Bradstreet of Fort Collins, CO; grandchildren, Amy Bradstreet and husband Cross de la Cruz, Sara Kaufman Bradstreet and husband Ryan, Jennie (Derek) Fowler, Dawn (Kris) Stretton, and Robbie (Erinn) Bradstreet; and brother-in-law, Robert Kowalke.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tony and Edna VanVliet; husband, Kenneth Bradstreet; son, Richard Bradstreet; and granddaughter, Beth Ann Bradstreet.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the local library in Ruth’s memory.

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