Ruth A. Gerlach

July 4, 1938 ~ August 16, 2020 (age 82)


Ruth Gerlach, 82, of Delmar passed away at Genesis East Medical Center in Davenport, IA. on August 16, 2020.  
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 21, 2020 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Delmar, IA. A visitation will be held on Thursday, August 20 at Dawson Funeral Home in Maquoketa from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service beginning at 7:00. Burial will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Delmar following the service.
Ruth Ann was born on July 4, 1938 in Delmar, Iowa to Orie and Anna (Banowetz) McCloy. She was a graduate of Delmar High School. She married Kenneth Gerlach on October 24, 1959 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. She was well known in the community, working for Jack and Jill for 20 years as well as working for Kwik Star and baking at Sweet Things Bakery. Ruth was an organ donor and was a member of the New Hope Support Group. Her eyes will be used for research.


Ruth was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Delmar, The Rosary Society, Red Hat Society and was also involved with the Iowa Donor Network Support Group. She enjoyed socializing and going to casinos and traveling to Branson. Gardening and cooking were her specialties and she was known for her famous potato salad and chocolate chip cookies. Most of all she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memories are her children Paul (Sandra) Gerlach of Maquoketa, James (Mary Lou) Gerlach of Bellevue, Mark (Carmen) Gerlach of Delmar, seven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law; Shirley McCloy of Maquoketa, Darlene Helmle of Springbrook, Carol Gerlach of Springbrook, brothers-in-law; Gene (Kristine) Banowetz of Charlotte and Ron (Duetta) Banowetz of Charlotte.
Preceding her in death are her parents, husband Kenneth, sisters Kate and Mary, brothers; Robert, Gene, Jim and Joe and two siblings in infancy, Laverne and Janice.

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August 20, 2020

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Dawson Funeral Services
105 w maple st
Maquoketa, IA 52060

Funeral Mass
August 21, 2020

10:30 AM
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
309 Main Street
Delmar, IA 52037

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