Ruth (Luken) Schwarz was born Sept. 29, 1928, in Granville, the daughter of Lenore and August Luken. With the exception of the two years she spent in Olympia, Wash., as a newlywed, she spent her childhood and much of her adult years in Granville. Ruth married Robert Schwarz at the Cathedral in Sioux City on June 24, 1947.
For many years, the couple had their own trucking business in Granville. They also had a summer gardening business, marketing fruits and vegetables.
In addition, Ruth served as the city clerk of Granville for a number of years. Later jobs included bookkeeper for a Paullina lumberyard, librarian at the Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, and as a case worker for Mid-Sioux Opportunity. She also volunteered at the Spalding High School library.
Ruth will be remembered for many reasons. She is remembered at Christmas for the Christmas cookies that she rolled, baked and frosted for more than 35 holiday seasons. She is remembered for the gift trays she filled with those cookies, fudge and divinity for the St. Joseph Convent sisters every year. That cookie-making, and the gift-tray tradition, is now part of the holiday celebration of the third generation.
We will remember her special talent for growing things, especially flowers, when we see those beautiful flowers she raised now growing in the gardens of her many friends and family members in several states.
We will remember the soft spot she had for all creatures, great and small. In childhood, her children knew and loved a wide variety of pets. That love of animals is found today in her children, grand-children and great-grandchildren. Her legacy to them also includes her intelligence, her love of nature, athleticism, empathy for the underdog, talent for math and languages and creativity.
Ruth will be remembered for her wonderful cooking -- such great bread, pies, and German potato pancakes.
She will be remembered for making the best Halloween costumes ever -- and for those special one-of-a-kind May Day baskets.
Left behind to cherish her memory are seven children, 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Her children include Robert Schwarz of Sioux City; Jolene Buehrer (Dennis Sokol) of Milan, Ohio; Mary Greiner and Gail Schwarz of Omaha, Neb; Steve Schwarz (Teri) of Omaha, Neb,; Carol Pottebaum (Randy), Alton; and Diane Schwarz, Washington, D.C. She is also survived by her son-in-law, Gene Sitzmann, Le Mars; a brother, Bob Luken (Ruth); and three sisters, Colleen "Kitty" Harm, Claris "Jeff" Harm, and Florence "Patty" Carnes (Clark.)
She was preceded in death by her parents, August and Lenore Luken; her husband, Robert; daughter Betty Sitzmann; granddaughter Lisa Dittman, and infant sister Carol.
Funeral service were 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granville. Burial was in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Granville. Visitation was after 4 p.m. Sunday, with a parish rosary at 5 p.m. and vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., all at the Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen. Visitation was also from 9 a.m. until service time Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granville.
Pallbearers were her grandsons Michael Buehrer, Ryan Dittman, Richard Greiner, Corey Pottebaum, Justin Schwarz and Dustin Sitzmann.
Honorary pallbearers were her granddaughters Kelly DeRocher, Ann Krogman, Beth Rutar, Nicole Schwarz, Jami Sitzmann, Jessica Sitzmann, Krystal Sunderman and Leslie Wagner.
Condolences maybe sent online to www.fischfh.com.