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Ruth (Bade) Genter

October 28, 1931 — April 25, 2022


Ruth (Bade) Genter, age 90 of Crawfordsville, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, April 25, 2022. She was born in East Berlin, Germany on October 28, 1931 to the late George Ernst & Erna Margaret (Brotke) Bade.

Ruth graduated from Mahzdorf High School in East Berlin, Germany during WWII. She came to the United States in 1947 and lived in New Jersey. In 1971 she moved to California and on May 30, 1972 she married the love of her life, Bennie Genter, who preceded her in death on January 20, 2016. Throughout the years she worked at RCA for 20 years, 5 years at Newcomb Electronic, and retired from Moore Industries International after 20 years where she worked as a quality control inspector for the computer motherboard for the Space Shuttle. She lived in California for 38 years and after her and Bennie retired, they relocated to Crawfordsville in 2009. She was a member of the Open Bible Church in Tunjunga, CA and Woodland Heights Christian Church in Crawfordsville.

Ruth enjoyed crocheting, gardening, watching her birds on all her bird feeders, and spending time with her family. She was a prayer warrior, helping hand, and a strong Christian woman.

She is survived by her daughter, Rachael (Martin) Smith of Susquehanna, Pennsylvania; a son, Randolph (Susan Weber) Colon of Crawfordsville; a sister, Karin Morales of Utah; 8 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and her dear friend, Martha Bell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bennie; a son, Raul Colon Jr; a sister, Helga Colon; and a brother, George Bade.

A visitation will be at Sanders Priebe Funeral Care, 315 S Washington St, in Crawfordsville on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 from 11:00am till the time of the funeral service at 1:00pm with Pastor Steve Wilke officiating. The service will be live-steamed and recorded which can be viewed on her obituary page at Entombment with follow at Oak Hill Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Crawfordsville Fire Department, Franciscan Hospice, or Woodland Heights Christian Church. Share memories and condolences online at

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

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