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Ruby Gernhart

Ruby Pearl Gernhart, 94, of Kingsley, passed away Monday, June 12, 2017 at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s in Sioux City surrounded by loving family.

The funeral service will be at 11:00 am Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Rock Branch United Methodist Church, 1610 Lee Avenue, Correctionville, Iowa.

Visitation will be Friday June 16, 2017 from 5-8 pm at the Johnson-Earnest Funeral Home in Kingsley with family present from 6-8 pm and a prayer service at 7:00 pm. Burial will be in the Fairfield Cemetery next to the church.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.

Ruby was born February 25, 1923 in rural Pierson to Fritz & Minnie (Knaack) Bohle.  She graduated from Pierson High School and completed Normal School to become certified as a teacher.

Ruby taught in Wolf Creek Country School before marrying Arthur Gernhart on October 11, 1947 in Kingsley.

The couple lived on a farm by Pierson where they were blessed with their first three children; they relocated to a farm east of Moville where 2 more children completed their loving family.

Ruby was given the gift of hospitality and through this, developed her deep love of serving others. She was an incredible baker who specialized in cinnamon rolls and pies.

Ruby was a charismatic woman who adored her husband, family and friends. Her hobbies included gardening, ballroom dancing and playing cards.

She was a member of Rock Branch United Methodist Church where she served for many years as a youth group leader and communion steward.

Left to honor her memory are her daughters: Linda (Lyle) Fikse, Diane Wheeler (fiancé, Mark Zielezinski), and Joy (Dennis) Beaver; sons: Alan Gernhart (fiancée, Linda Nepper), and Dr. Kelly (Cyndi) Gernhart, grandchildren: Janelle (Kyle) Brouwer, Dr. Chad (Lynnette) Fikse, Jessica Wheeler, Rebecca (Nick) O’Brien, Stephen Wheeler, Brooke Beaver, Landon Beaver, Dr. Ellie (Matt Bishop), Gina Gernhart, Carlie (fiancé, Cody Leal) and Juli Gernhart, and great-grandchildren: Abbie, Ian & Tory Bishop, Cade & Morgan Brouwer, Evan, Kendra & Laura Fikse, and Bree & Paige O’Brien.

Preceded in death by:  Parents, husband, Arthur Gernhart; companion, Joe Campbell, three sisters: Irene, Irma, Elsie; one brother, Bill; a daughter-in-law, Charlotte Gernhart and many extended relatives and friends.

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