Condolence & Memory Journal

Deepest condolences to my cousin Ruth's family and friends. She was a wonderful person and I am very sorry I won't be able to see her again.
Kathleen Donovan, Halifax

Posted by A friend   April 14, 2016

As one of Ruth's younger 1st cousins I have many years of beautiful memories of her. As a little girl I looked forward to visits and staying for a week or so on the family farm. I learned much from Ruth, Gert and Aunt Lib on those visits. When the chores were done Ruth was always willing to play games and entertain me. If she didn't enjoy being saddled with a younger cousin she was certainly a good actress!
Later I recall always stopping in Stanwood to visit Ruth and Bill whenever we journeyed to Iowa City from Maquoketa. After moving to this area with my husband and children during the 1970"s I came to appreciate Ruth as an adult and enjoyed many times with her. Her sense of humor was a joy. She was truly interested in and cared about every member of the extended family. I don't believe she ever missed a family event -- whether happy or sad. Rest in peace dear Ruth. My sympathy to Bud, Mark, Bill and your families.
Cousin Rachel Porter

Posted by Rachel Porter - Coralville, IA   April 12, 2016

Aunt Ruth was a wonderful support to me throughout my life. I always enjoyed her fight, humor, and love of family. I have fond memories of a "college visit" to Minnesota (on a bus) and many spirited visits! May she be rest in peace and have all the blessings deserved of a life well lived here on earth. She accompanied me to a college visit as a teenager and

Posted by Beth Donovan-Erenberger - Whitefish Bay, WI   April 11, 2016


I am so sorry for your loss. Ruth was a very dear sweet lady. She lived east of me here in Iowa City. My mother and I would talk to her on occasion. We even took a walk together a time or so. Again, I'm sorry for your loss. I lost my mother Rosie last November.

Rini Hudachek

Posted by Rini Hudachek - Iowa City, IA - Neighbor   April 11, 2016

I am sure Aunt Ruth is happy now, back with Uncle Bill and all the other family who have gone before
her. Rest in peace and joy Aunt Ruth

Posted by Jerri Lotempio - Iowa City, IA - Family   April 09, 2016