Ruth Reder, 97, is a Wisconsin farm girl who raised four children in Sheboygan until her husband, Simon Holman, died in 1947. Then she moved to Milwaukee and married Phil Reder in 1959. They moved to Bangor, Mich., where she again lived on a farm. When he died after 12 years, she came to Chicago to be near her children and now lives in Evanston. She most prizes photos of both her husbands, "good, kind men," and her children, stepchildren, 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She also prizes a wool shawl her mother brought to America from Lithuania, in which she's pictured here. It "brings warmth to her body and mind. It makes her face light up with such happiness," says daughter Maxene Kotin.
Tribune photo by Stacey Wescott
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