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Ruth Bedient

Ruth C. Tahtinen Bedient, age 87, passed away on Thursday, November 11, 2021 at Cumberland Care and Rehab. She was born on January 14, 1934 in Chicago, IL to Elmer and Lillian Linstead.  She was baptized and confirmed at St. Luke’s Evangelical Church in Chicago.  She then graduated from Luther Institute High School in June of 1951.  She later graduated from Augustana Hospital Hospital of Nursing in Chicago in May of 1954.  Ruth’s career of being an RN spanned over many decades and included positions in Illinois, Wisconsin and Arizona. Ruth is survived by her children, Paul Tahtinen of Chetek, Scott (Sharon) Tahtinen of Barron, Mark Tahtinen of Orange Park, and Carol (Paul) Wick of Turtle Lake.  She is also survived by 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. The family is grateful for the wonderful care given to Ruth the past few years at Cumberland Care and Rehab. Per Ruth’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. Arrangements are being handled by Rausch and Steel Funeral Home in Barron. Online condolences can be made at

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