Ruth Janssen

Ruth Janssen, 89, of Grundy Center passed away peacefully on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 at the Grundy Care Center with her loving family by her side.

Funeral services for Ruth were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at Abels Funeral Home-Engelkes Chapel in Grundy Center with Pastor Steve Mulder officiating. Following services, Ruth was laid to rest at the West Friesland Cemetery, rural Ackley. Public visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 29 at the funeral home.

Ruth Riebkes was born on September 27, 1932 in Grundy County, the daughter of Bert and Nancy Janssen Riebkes. On March 4, 1956 Ruth was united in marriage to the love of her life, Marvin Janssen at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. From this union three children were born: Keith, Sharon and Lisa.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Keith Janssen of Cedar Falls, Sharon (Dean) Werkman of Waverly and Lisa (Ryan) Bakker of Steamboat Rock; grandchildren: Clayton (Libbey) Werkman of Ankeny, Collin Werkman of Hiawatha, Trevor Bakker, Haley Bakker and Morgan Bakker all of Steamboat Rock; great-grandchildren: Xander and Hudson Werkman; one sister: Judy (Paul) Launderville of Denison as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Marvin Janssen; parents: Bert and Nancy Riebkes; and two sisters: Angeline and Kathleen.


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