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Ruth J. Mercer

March 21, 1938 — January 27, 2023


Ruth J. Mercer, of Rochester, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Friday, January 27, 2023 at the age of 84.

She was born March 21, 1938  in Plymouth Indiana., the daughter of Clifford "Sam" and Verna Irene (Kimble) Fear.  She attended Plymouth High School. She has since resided in Rochester. She spent many years living on the channels of Lake Manitou and enjoyed being a part of the Lake Manitou Ski Club, cheering for her girls and the ski club team.

After raising her daughters, she worked at Life Care Nursing Home, where she met her forever life partner Ronald Mantey.  They enjoyed many great adventures together, being Snow Birds in Florida, Mackinac Island, with Bob and Alice was another favorite.  Their most memorable trip was down the Rhine River.  Sadly, he passed on June 7,2002.

Ruth was the most Caring and Giving Mom and Me Moo one could ever ask for.  She had a special way she signed every card to her grandchildren.  "Love You Lots" Me Moo and Penny Dog.  That signature is something they will cherish forever.  She enjoyed being outside, pruning her flowers and mowing on her John Deere lawnmower. 

Those who survive with broken hearts include her two daughters Jenny (Ken) Coleman, LuAnn (Rick) Jackson; Grandchildren, Carmie Rangel (Erik Smith), Britney Wood (John Gray) and Taylor Pugh; Great Grandchildren, Liam Rangel, Lucy Rangel, Brylie Kiggens, and Tony Kiggens; Sister, Sharon Thompson and Special friend who was like a son, Kevin Kollman. She was preceded in death. by her parents, life partner, Ronald Mantey, and brothers Darwin "Bill" Fear and Robert Dean Fear.

Titus Funeral Home and Cremation Services is entrusted with Ruth’s care. Per her wishes, no public services will be held. She will be laid to rest at Reichter Cemetery. To leave a condolence, please visit

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