Ruth Kloetzel: 70 Years old and not
a bit Tired
Ruth Kloetzel: 70 Jahre und Kein Bisschen Muede
Kampen, Johann. "Ruth Kloetzel: 70 Years old and not a bit Tired." Volk auf dem Weg, April 2005, 43.
Translation from the original German to American English
by Alex Herzog,
Ruth Kloetzel at her former desk in the national business office
of the Landsmannschaft.
For 40 years she has been among the most loyal members of our
Landsmannschaft, even though she is not a German from Russia in
the specific sense
Ruth Kloetzel at
her former desk
in the national business office of
Ruth Kloetzel (born in Igersheim, Lower Franconia) achieved this
status -- an integral provision of the Bylaws of the Landsmannschaft
der Deutschen aus Russland -- in a not so usual manner: about a
half century ago when she accepted the proposal of marriage from
a smart looking refugee Stefan Kloetzel from Mannheim in the Odessa
region! Observing the couple these days, gliding across the dance
floor or singing in the Stuttgart choir "Heimatklaenge [Sounds
of Home]," one's prompt reaction might that one is watching
true harmony in the best traditional sense.
It is an astounding fact that Ruth Kloetzel will have reached 70
age on April 29, 2005. Until recently, one could find her in the
business office of the Landsmannschaft behind a mountain of papers,
and even now
there are occasions one finds her providing visitors with answers
complicated questions concerning societal matters or giving information
backdrop of her rich experience working with a great variety of
bosses in the
Landsmannschaft. There are very few who know as much about the history
Landsmannschaft as does Mrs. Kloetzel.
Her career at the Landsmannschaft took its course as was very common
in earlier times: a good ten years as a volunteer, then part-time
employment from 1977 until 1989. Only after this long "probation"
period did her assignment turn into a full-time paid staff position,
mainly due to the large increase in the newly arriving Aussiedler
-- a job which Ruth Kloetzel filled until her official retirement
in 2000 (and as of 1992 as social concerns expert at our HQ at Raitelsberger
Strasse 49 in Stuttgart). Her forte through all those years has
been her deep knowledge base concerning social laws, which she would
explain to our immigrant and late-arriving immigrant Germans from
Russia -- free of any party-political consideration, without personal
bias, and in clearly understandable German. Thanks to her great
command of the German language, she often also served on the side
as the author of various protocols, letters to various authorities,
on behalf of diverse departmental directors for our association.
When asked about things are going for her in matters of her own
that of her Stefan, Ruth always answers, without hesitation: "Thanks,
fine." Ruth is also very happy about her daughter, both sons,
and her five
grandchildren. Her hobbies include dancing, singing, and traveling
-- all things
that keep a person young!
Volk auf dem Weg would like to wish her continued happiness and
our hope that she may remain true to her Germans from Russia for
a long time
Our appreciation is extended to Alex Herzog for translation
of this article.
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