1921-2012

Ruby Berdine Kloewer, 91, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at St. Anthony Nursing Home in Carroll.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Sacred Heart Church in Manilla. The Rev. Robert Gralapp will be celebrant and the Rev. Timothy Johnson concelebrant. Lector will be Carol Reinart. Eucharistic minister will be Norbert Kasperbauer. Gift bearers will be Ruby’s granddaughters. Marilyn Backhaus will be organist.

Casket bearers will be her grandsons David Ramsey, Donovan Kloewer, Kory Kloewer, Josh Disburg, Steve Reinart, Nick Kloewer, Matt Franks and Spencer Kloewer.

Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Church.

Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Manilla.

Ohde Funeral Home in Manning is in charge of arrangements.

Ruby Berdine, only child of Rudolph and Freda (Bargenquast) Ewoldt, was born July 7, 1921, on a farm in Crawford County, Iowa. Ruby started her schooling in a rural school near their farm in Crawford County and continued her schooling at Manilla High School where she graduated in 1939.

On June 5, 1939, Ruby married Vincent E. Kloewer at Sacred Heart Church in Manilla. Eleven children were born to this union.  Ruby and Vincent farmed east of Defiance for 14 years and then south of Manilla until they moved into Manilla in 1960. Ruby was kept busy with caring for the children and helping on the farm. Ruby worked as a grocery-store clerk and a nurse’s aide at Manilla Manor after the children were grown.

Ruby enjoyed family gatherings, bingo, crocheting, volunteer work at Manilla Manor and picture and crossword puzzles. She was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Parish in Manilla, current member of Holy Spirit Parish in Carroll, Altar and Rosary Society and Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

Following a brief illness Vincent died in 1999. A year later Ruby moved to Carroll.  As Ruby’s health declined, she was unable to live alone and moved to St. Anthony Nursing Home in 2009.

Ruby is survived by her children James Kloewer (Norma) of Lawson, Mo., Joan Ramsey (Denny) of Manning, Betty Reinart (Merle) of Carroll, Mae Franks (Ron) of Essex, Leo Kloewer (Gayle) of York, Neb., Linda Disburg of Danville, Willie Kloewer of Carroll, and Michael Kloewer (Vickie) of Albany, Ore.; daughter-in-law Cheryl Kloewer of Albany, Ore.; son-in-law Phil Gibbins of Belle Plaine; 35 grandchildren; 70 great-grandchildren; 35 great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and  friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Vincent Kloewer, son Edward Kloewer, daughters Mildred in-infancy and Leona Gibbins, son-in-law David Disburg.