Opatz, Ruth Nov 14, 1947 May 17, 2017 Ruth Opatz, 69, passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at her home in Buffalo, MN. Ruth was born in Little Falls, MN and was a 1965 graduate of Holdingford High School. She married Gene Opatz on November 21, 1970. She spent 40 years as a flight attendant at Northwest Airlines building lifelong friendships with her crew. Ruth was a person of service, dedicating time weekly to the local food shelf. Ruth took pleasure in a good book and thoughtful conversation. You could always find her at coffee with friends, gardening, quilting, kayaking, or in the kitchen trying a new recipe. Above all, she loved being with her grandchildren. Ruth is survived by her husband of 46 years, Gene Opatz, her sons, Mark Opatz (Jaime), grandchildren Alex and Alayna and Aaron Opatz (Nadia), grandchildren Declan, and Eli. Sisters Bernice (Raymond) Czech, Lucy Mugg, Marian Brinkmann, Alice Skwira, and brother Joseph (Karen) Brinkmann, sister-in-law Marlys Brinkmann, and brother-in-law Don Elfering, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Rose (Moritz) Brinkmann, stepmom Anna (Kroska) Brinkmann, sisters Theresa Fussy, Eleanor Elfering, brother Lawrence Brinkmann, brother-in-laws James Skiwra, Wilford Mugg. The family will hold a Celebration of Life Memorial on Sunday, May 21st from 2:00 pm 6:00 pm, with a service at 5:00 PM at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 9300 Jason Ave. N.E., Monticello, MN 55362.