Ruthann Christian, 85, River Forest homemaker and volunteer

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Ruthann Christian, 85, a 65-year resident of River Forest, died at Rush Oak Park Hospital in Oak Park, on Sept. 14, 2010. Born in Chicago on June 27, 1925 to the late Albert and Eleanor Hoppe, she was raised in Oak Park and graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1942. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Butler University in 1946. That year she also served as president of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

After marrying Frank R. Christian in 1946 at Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest, she raised her five children in River Forest, where she was a member of many charitable organizations.

Ruthann Christian is survived by her husband, Frank; her children, Christine Show of River Forest, Barbara Christian, Robert Christian, Frank Christian of River Forest and John Christian; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Visitation was held at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home in Oak Park on Sept. 17. The funeral service took place on Sept. 18, at Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest, followed by private interment at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.

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