Nadine Rueter was born on December 5, 1934 to Ernest and Emilie Prescher in Clifton, Texas. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Clifton. She graduated as valedictorian of Valley Mills High School in 1952. (She passed those talents down to her family, as one son and two grandchildren also graduated valedictorian of their respective high schools).
On November 30, 1954, Nadine wed Calvin Rueter and they had three sons: Rodney, Donald and Curtis.
Over the years, Nadine managed the business for the family farm and ran the household. One of the boys’ favorite memories is when she would make lunch and they would all take it out to the field where Calvin was working. Nadine also enjoyed tending to her vegetable garden, canning vegetables and baking. Her homemade bread, biscuits and dill pickles are legendary.
Nadine was a faithful and active member of Zion United Church at Womack for more than 60 years, serving as a Sunday school teacher and holding various offices as a member of the Women’s Guild. She was also an active member of Womack Lodge Sons of Hermann and Texas/Bosque County Farm Bureau.
An avid supporter of Clifton athletics, Nadine could be found in the stands cheering on the Cubs every Friday night. She also served her beloved community by working as an election judge and volunteering with the Home Economics Department at the Central Texas Fair and Rodeo. Because of her volunteer work, Nadine was recognized by the Bosque County Commissioners Court for her service to the community.
As her family grew, Nadine enjoyed reading to her seven grandchildren, watching them play sports and play in the band. She was a great supporter of her grandchildren and always had homemade ice cream sandwiches waiting for them when they visited.
Nadine is survived by her husband of 65 years, Calvin Rueter; her sister Roberta and husband James Shields of Whitney, TX; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law John and Beverly Rueter of Clifton, TX; her sons Rodney and wife Melanie Rueter of Clifton, TX; Donald and wife Carol Rueter of Clifton, TX; Curtis and wife Ruth Rueter of Westminster, CO; her grandchildren Kayla Rueter, Dylan Rueter, Taylor and husband Brandon Carter, Alyssa Rueter, Jackson Rueter, Erin Rueter and Braden Rueter; and her greatgrandchildren Wyatt and Whitlee Carter.
Services were held for the family at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 12 at Zion United Church in Womack, TX. Graveside service followed at Clifton Memorial Park. The family requests that any memorials be made to Lutheran Sunset Ministries and Zion United Church.