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Fisch Funeral Home & Monuments
Tuesday July 7th, 2020
5:00pm - 5:00pm

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Roberta L. Ruden

Roberta Lee Ruden, 66, of Meriden, Iowa, passed away July 2, 2020 at Happy Siesta health Care Center in Remsen, IA, after a brief illness.   

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Remsen, IA with Father William McCarthy officiating.  Private burial will be Saturday at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Remsen, IA.  Visitation with family present, keeping to social distancing restrictions will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen.  If you are unable to attend you may send Condolences and watch the funeral online at www.fischfh.com

Roberta was born on July 20, 1953, the daughter of Vernon and Rosemary(Kilker) Steffen. She was born in Le Mars, IA and raised in Rural Remsen, IA.  Roberta graduated from Remsen-Union High School in 1971. 

She then married Michael Ruden on May 5, 1973 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  They welcomed three beautiful children Corey ,Amber, and Kyle.    

In 1975, Roberta purchased Rudy’s Drive In and ran it until 1981.  She then worked various jobs until she moved to Chadron, NE in 1987.   She owned and operated the City Cafe from 1987-1994.  In 1994, she bought the Whistle Stop in Meriden, IA, which she ran until she retired in 2019.  She really had a passion for cooking and running her own businesses. 

She enjoyed spending quality time with her six grandchildren, telling stories, and she had a love for flowers and plants.  Roberta was also an avid Nebraska Cornhusker fan.   

She is survived by her three children, Corey Ruden, of Le Mars, IA, Amber (Kevin) Gengler and their daughters Kierra and Amaya of Remsen, IA and Kyle (Holly) Ruden and their children, Isaiah, Aden, Peyton, and Sophie of Bronson, IA.  Her mother Rosemary Steffen Liesner of Remsen, IA.  Two brothers Roger Steffen of Remsen, IA and Richard (Lori) Steffen of Kingsley, IA.  Two sisters Rochelle (Mike) Tentinger of Remsen, IA and Renee(Rick) Gengler of Port Orchard, WA.  Numerous nieces and nephews. And a close family friend Deb Steffen of Remsen, IA. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Vernon Steffen and brother Russell Steffen, and a step father Lyle Liesner. 

Casket bearers will be Justin Tentinger, Russell, Jared, Richie, Michael and Matthew Steffen.

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My thoughts and prayers are with Roberta and her family. I and my mom used to go visit Roberta at the Whistle Stop. Go big red!!!!

Bernadette Mendt Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you! Bert and I have a lot of memories over the past 50 years from Remsen to Omaha to The Whistlestop!!

Micki Fischer Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers go out to Rosie and your family. Brenda Erichsen Haag

Brenda Erichsen Haag Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Roberta and I shared some great memories and we enjoyed talking on the phone when were bored. She had a BIg heart and a great sense of humor. Ill miss her.

Jo Ellen Hahn Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Rosie, I am so sorry for your loss, prayers to you and your family Margo Hansen

Margo Hansen Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Burts passing we so enjoyed stopping by to have a drink and visit at the Whistle Stop and buy some of her homemade goodies. We had lots of laughs with her over the last few years stopping on Girl's days and out on convertible rides...called her place...

Peggy Hinkhouse Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Dearest Rosie and family, we are so very sorry for the loss of your Roberta. Sending hugs, prayers, and our love Bill and Sally

Sally Hubbell Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Our sincere condolences to Roberta's family. Always enjoyed going to the Whistle Stop. Prayers for all of you and may God give you peace during this difficult time. Wendell and Caryn

Wendell and Caryn Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM