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Thursday July 12th, 2018
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Mary Ellen Ruden

Mary Ellen Ruden, 77 years old, of Remsen, IA passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Orange City Area Health System Hospital in Orange City, IA.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 13, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Remsen with Father William McCarthy officiating.  Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Remsen, IA. Visitation with family present will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday.  There will be a parish rosary and vigil prayer service all at 5 p.m. at Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen. Visitation will resume 1 hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent online to www.fischfh.com.

Mary was born on March 1, 1941 at LeMars, IA, she was an only child to Gilbert and Armella (Bunkers) Loesche. She was raised and educated in Remsen and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1959. She attended Briar Cliff for one year. Mary started working for Dr. Carl Anderson in 1960 as a dental assistant. She worked for him for three years in Sioux City.

On July 14, 1962, she married her high school sweetheart Larry J. Ruden at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Remsen, IA. Mary Ellen worked at various jobs including Majeres Foodtown, Remsen Apparel, Happy Siesta, Staples and most recently Bavarian Meadows. She enjoyed doing what she loved most: cooking, reading and embroidering. She worked until she was 75, but you would find her at home making her famous pies and cookies for family and friends.

Mary was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and church guild. She enjoyed going to her 17 grandchildren’s activities. Mary also enjoyed her many trips to the Black Hills. Larry and Mary Ellen would have celebrated their 56th year of marriage on July 14, 2018.

Survivors include: her husband, Larry J. Ruden of Remsen; Son, Scott (Caryn) Ruden of Remsen, and their children Justin, Brandon, Wesley and Nicholas; Son, Steve (Shelley) Ruden of Remsen, and their children Brittany, Stephanie, Kelsey and Zachary; Daughter, Stacey (Rick) Schroeder of LeMars, IA and their children Owen and Gracie; Daughter, Susan (Chad) Tentinger of Remsen, and their children Mikayla, Abigail, Carter, Tessa and Ian; Son, John (Valerie) Ruden of Omaha, NE and their children Eli and Calvin.

She was preceded in death by her parents Gilbert and Armella Loesche, in-laws John and Veronica Ruden and Sylvester Ruden.

Casket Bearers will be Justin, Brandon, Wesley, Nicholas and Zachary Ruden, Travis Schroeder, Colby Felts, Kurt Kellen, and Dereck Hayes.

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Mary Ellen, Larry, Scott, and Steve were a huge part of my life when they moved in next door. I can honestly say I felt as though they were my other family. Going cross the road was nearly a daily routine and Mary Ellen always made me feel welcome and part of the famil...

Tim Hughes Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I truly loved working with Mary Ellen! She was an excellent cook and kept our residents well fed and happy! She always had such a cheery disposition, something we should all emulate. She dearly loved her family and spoke of them often, she will missed!!

Sandra Reuter Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Prayers and comfort to family. Cousin Mary Ellen is flying with the Angels smiling as usual! Much love...Anita

Anita Bunkers Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Prayers to your family. We have so many fond memories of Mary Ellen when she worked at Remsen Apparel! She was always so kind and eager to help whoever needed her help. And she was so funny! She was a wonderful daughter, wife and mother. She will be missed by many!

Paul and Connie Mueller Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

May you be filled with many memories. I have some wonderfull memories of the times spent on the farm. My prayers are with you all. Ken Stoos

Ken Stoos Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

WE are so sorry for your loss. We along with the community will miss seeing her out and about. She was always humble and kind. Prayers for your families. God's peace

Wendell and Caryn Riedemann Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM