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Ruth Zoeller

January 8, 1941 — October 9, 2019


   Ruth (Koedam) Zoeller, 78, of Hawarden, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at Avera Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota after a lengthy hospitalization.  She is remembered by many as a very sweet and caring woman, as well as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and dear friend.

   Funeral Service will be 1:30 p.m. Monday, October 14, 2019 at the Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden with Elder Arlin Post officiating. Burial will follow in the Grace Hill Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday at the Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden.

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   Ruth was born on January 8, 1941 to Samuel and Gertie (Zomer) Koedam in Corsica, South Dakota.  She was raised on a farm near Corsica.  She married Leonard Zoeller on June 12, 1962.  They lived in Hawarden, and then on a farm 1.5 miles north of Hawarden for over the last 50 years.  She met Leonard when they both worked at Otis Radio (now Coilcraft).  After her children were in school, she worked part-time as a receptionist at West Sioux Vets.  Ruth enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren, relatives, and special girlfriends, babysitting the neighbor children, helping with her children's activities, camping, bowling, and cooking.  Her faith and church were always very important to her. 

   Left to cherish her memory are her devoted husband of 57 years Leonard; her children, Dianne Davis and Jim (Becky) Zoeller; grandchildren, Joseph and Camryn Zoeller; sister, Lyda Van Otterloo; brothers, Sam (Reva) Koedam and Jim (Kathy) Koedam; brother-in-law, Gilbert Hoogendoorn; sister-in-law Sally Koedam; brother-in-law, Wendall (Judy) Zoeller; special friends like family, Mitch and Lexi Relf and children Rogan and Presley; several nieces, nephews, and dear friends. 

   Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, William, Herman, John and Andrew Koedam; sisters, Hermina Hoogendoorn, Jennie Vonk and baby sister Martha; as well as several brother and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews. 

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation with the family present

Saturday, October 12, 2019

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

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Funeral Service

Monday, October 14, 2019

Starts at 1:30 pm (Central time)

Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden

712 10th St, Hawarden, IA 51023

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