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Ruth Ann Radlein, 85, died Dec. 11, 2010, at Providence Alaska Medical Center.
A wake was held with her friends at her home. Other well-wishers are asked to celebrate her life rather than mourn her death by engaging in an activity that makes them happy.
Ruth was born March 26, 1925, in Hammond, Ind., to Charles and Amy Glen (Smith) Gordon.
Ruth attended Park Ridge School for Girls in Chicago. In high school, she was introduced to Robert Radlein. They became engaged before he left for Europe to fly in B-26 bombers during World War II. They married in November 1945.
Ruth was a military wife and mother of three, living in Florida, Kansas, Panama Canal Zone, Illinois, Okinawa, Louisiana, Hawaii, and Nebraska. The family retired to Florida.
Ruth was a good wife and a loving mother. She and Robert divorced in 1995 and Ruth moved in with her daughter, Robin, and Robin's husband, Robert Smith. They lived in West Virginia before moving to Anchorage in 2000.
Ruth was a friendly, outgoing person who not only made friends easily but cherished those friendships and kept in touch with the people who had been important to her during her whole life. She became a second mother to her children's friends and was a valued colleague during her volunteer work in Florida and West Virginia. She was a member of the First Reformed Church in Tampa and continued to attend during annual trips to Florida to visit friends and her son Robert. She also traveled to Georgia to visit her son Raymond. Other visits included family members in Illinois and Wisconsin and friends in West Virginia. Ruth also enjoyed touring Alaska.
She is survived by her ex-husband, Robert M. Radlein; children and their spouses, Robert Martin Radlein (Carol Lopez Radlein), Robin Ann Radlein (Robert D. Smith) and Raymond Mark Radlein (Angie Andrews); and numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to perform a charitable act or make a donation to the charity of their choice.
Arrangements are with Cremation Society of Alaska, www.alaskacremation.com.