Msgr. Nicholas J. Ruba

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Msgr. Nicholas J. Ruba, 89, of Remsen, died Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Happy Siesta Health Care Center, in Remsen.

Msgr. Nicholas was born Aug. 7, 1925, at rural Remsen, the son of Nick and Catherine (Loutsch) Ruba. He was raised and educated in both rural school and St. Mary's School, graduating in 1943. He then attended Trinity College, in Sioux City, graduating in 1947.

He then enrolled in Kenrick Seminary, in St. Louis, for four years and was ordained a priest in 1951.

Over the years he served at many Catholic parishes.

From 1951 to 1954, he was the assistant at St. Peter Paul Parish, in Carroll.

From 1954 to 1958, he was the assistant at Blessed Sacrament, in Sioux City.

From 1958 to 1961, he was the pastor at Christ The King Parish, in Dayton,.

From 1961 to 1968, he was the pastor at St. Benedict Parish, in Algona.

From 1968 to 1986 he was the pastor at St. Michael's Parish, in Sioux City.

From 1986 to 1992, he was the pastor at St. Mary's Parish, in Alton.

From 1992 to 1996, he served as pastor at St. Andrews Parish, in Sibley.

In 1982 he was named a Domestic Prelate by the Holy Father John Paul II with the title Monsignor. For 11 years, he broadcast a Mass on the radio every Sunday at 9 a.m.

He served on the Priest Senate and on the Pension Board. He was also Deanery Director for PreCana classes for 10 years.

In 1996 he retired and moved back to Remsen.

He had been a resident of Happy Siesta Health Care Center since Feb. 2013.

Msgr. Nicholas was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include one brother Melvin Ruba, of Remsen; one sister, Doris (Robert) Seuntjens, of Kingsley; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Ruba, of Remsen; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Irvin (Ethel) Ruba, Roman, Harold, James, his sister Rosemary (Joe) Roder; and sister-in-law Agnes Ruba.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, in Remsen, with the Rev. Terry Roder officiating and the Rev. Robert Gralapp, the Rev. William McCarthy, the Rev. James McAlpine and Msgr. Michael Sernett, concelebrating. Burial will be in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, in Remsen. Visitation will be anytime after 4 p.m. Tuesday, with a parish rosary at 5 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., followed by a Knights of Columbus rosary, all at Fisch Funeral Home & Monument, in Remsen.

Casketbearers will be Bob and Bill Seuntjens, Mark, Bob, Rich and Jerry Ruba and Marvin Roder.

Honorary bearers will be members of the Knights of Columbus.

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