Ruth A. Grafft, age 76 of Marengo, Iowa, died Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at the Marengo Memorial Hospital. Funeral Services: 10:30 A.M. Monday, January 4, 2016, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo with Rev. Andrew Gray officiating. Burial: Marengo Cemetery, Marengo, Iowa. Visitation: 3:30 to 7 P.M. Sunday, January 3, 2016, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Marengo.  Memorials may be contributed to Safe Haven of Iowa County, the Marengo Hospital Foundation or Camp Courageous. Arrangements with Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo.

Ruth is survived by her husband of 55 years, Garth; three sons, Kevin (Julie) of Chanhassen, MN, Gary (Janet) of Marengo, and Brian (Amanda) of Tiffin; nine grandchildren, Ivan and Ben Grafft, Noah and Lily Grafft, Kayla Fiser (Jon), Greg and Kaitlyn Ash, and Peyton and Brady Grafft; two great-grandchildren, Kinley and Harper Fiser; and a brother Galen Eiben (Jayne) of Shell Rock, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother Ray Eiben.

Ruth Ann Eiben was born April 13, 1939 in Monticello, Iowa, the daughter of Ben Eiben and Sophia Lubben Eiben.  She graduated from Monticello High School with the Class of 1956, and attended the Cedar Rapids Business College.  Ruth and Garth Grafft were united in marriage on September 4, 1960 at St. Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, rural Monticello. Ruth worked at the Monticello State Bank, and then in the office of Cherry-Burrell and also LeFebure in Cedar Rapids.  The couple relocated to Marengo in 1963, where she was co-owner and operator of Big G Grocery Store. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marengo.

Ruth was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She cherished the time spent with family, and attending the grandchildren’s activities. She loved her cats and dogs, and looked forward to “coffee time” with her friends.




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