Lindorff, Ruth C.

Died: 29 August 2022

Ruth Carol Lindorff, age 73, of Madison, passed away on Monday 29 August 2022 at Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge. She was born on 9 February1949 in Milwaukee, the daughter of William and Linda (Gerner) Kalweit.

Ruth graduated from Grafton High School in 1967 and the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1972 with a degree in Fashion Retail. It was at UW that she met her husband, David Lindorff, when both were active at the Lutheran Campus Center. They were married on 10 June 1972 in Grafton, WI.

Ruth worked at department stores in Philadelphia and Champaign before returning to Madison in 1981. Ruth and David raised two sons, Paul and Tim, of whom Ruth was very proud. Ruth had a strong faith and shared a deep concern for those in need.

In 1996, she got her dream job working for the Wisconsin Alumni Association. While there, she was able to proudly display her Badger pride in a variety of ways: cheering on the Badgers, attending Bowl games, and acting as a Badger ambassador in travels with WAA across the United States and Europe. While pink was her favorite color, Badger Red was always a staple of her wardrobe. She retired in 2012 and enjoyed spoiling her two precious granddaughters. Ruth also enjoyed shopping anytime. She especially treasured family gatherings and was very close to her sister Joan.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Dave; sons, Paul (Beth) Lindorff and Timothy Lindorff; granddaughters, Stella Lindorff and Bianca Lindorff; brother, Harvey (Edie) Kalweit; sisters, Susan (Phil) Skowbo and Joan Kalweit; and sister-in-law, Julie Lindorff. She was preceded in death by her parents William and Linda.

The family wishes to thank the staff at the Oakwood Knoll memory care unit for their compassion and the loving care they gave to Ruth.

A memorial service will be held Friday, 23 September 2022 at 1 pm at the Tree of Life Chapel at Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge, 5565 Tancho Drive, Madison, 53718. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow. Memorials may be gifted in Ruth’s name to the Alzheimers Association ( or the Oakwood Foundation ( Online condolences may also be made on

Gunderson East Funeral & Cremation Care 5203 Monona Drive Madison, WI (608) 221-5420  

Ruth is pictured in the 4th edition of the Friedrich Seidemann Family Tree Book on page 256 with her parents and siblings and on page 257 with her husband on their wedding day and with her two sons Paul and Tim as little boys. She is also pictured with her family on her son Paul (& Beth’s) wedding day. Ruth is listed on page 344 with her parents, siblings, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She is a 5th generation descendant of Friedrich and Rosine Seidemann and her genealogy line is as follows: Friedrich, Johanna, Charles, Linda, and Ruth. Rest in peace dear lady.