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Ruth I. Olson

January 17, 1924 February 6, 2007
Ruth I. Olson
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Obituary for Ruth I. Olson

Ruth I. Olson, 83, of Vinton, died Tuesday, February 6, 2007, at her home in Vinton following a lingering illness. Celebration of Life Services will be held Saturday, February 10, 2007, at the Russell Funeral Home Chapel, 1212 1st Avenue, Vinton.  Memorial visitation will be from 10:00 AM until the memorial service begins at 1:00 PM.  Inurnment in Oakwood Cemetery, Shellsburg, will follow. Ruth was born January 17, 1924, in Shellsburg, the daughter of Vesta and Katie Wiesert Bonesteel.  She attended Shellsburg schools and was a lifelong resident of the Shellsburg/Vinton area. Ruth married John Olson on June 22, 1941, in Vinton.  He preceded her in death on July 3, 1978.  After working as a sales clerk at LaGrange Pharmacy for 6 years, Ruth worked at the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, retiring after 25 years.  She was also a devoted wife and mother.  She was a member of Stewart Memorial Church in Vinton. Ruth is survived by two daughters: Kathy (Robert) Dittmar of Vinton and Elaine (Richard) Turpin of Galesburg, IL; three brothers: John Bonesteel of Vinton, Oliver Bonesteel of Green Castle, PA, and Robert Bonesteel of Toddville; two sisters: Marjorie Nearmyer of Zeeland, MI, and Daisy Roehr of Marion; 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 2 sons, 3 daughters, 2 sisters, and 1 grandson. Memorials may be directed to the family or to St. Luke’s Hospice Care.

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