Ruth E. Moravetz

Ruth E. Moravetz, 82, of West Union, died Sunday, February 8, 2015, at Palmer Lutheran Health Center in West Union.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye is assisting Ruth’s family. 

Ruth Miller Thein Moravetz was born November 15,1932, to Lydia (Siekmeier) Miller and Fred Miller at Hawkeye, Iowa. They lived on the family farm 3 miles from Hawkeye. She attended Hawkeye grade schools, Oak Park Academy, and graduated from Alpha High School. On August 28, 1952, she married Robert Thein and moved to West Union. To this union three children were born, Jerry Robert, Barabara Ann, and Patricia Ruth. They later divorced. She attended NICC, taking the LPN course. She enjoyed being a nurse. After moving to Gurnee, Illinois in 1973, she did private duty nursing for a number of wealthy patients. In her time off she enjoyed traveling around they country and visiting her children. On June 14, 1981 she was married to Clifford Moravetz. They lived in the Lake Bluff, Illinois area and she continued nursing. After retirement they moved to a small farm near Gays Mills, Wisconsin. In 2010 after deteriorating health she entered the Good Samaritan Home.

Ruth is survived by her husband Clifford of Gays Mills, Wisconsin; one son, Jerry (Elizabeth) Thein of Waterloo; two daughters, Barbara Ann (Luke) Herscher of Sutherlin, Oregon and Patricia (Mike) Smith of Libertyville, Illinois; five granddaughters, Rian (Matt) Gainer of Kirkland, Washington, Rori (Bryan) Fletcher of Wenatchee, Washington, Trisha (Randy) Loch of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ashleigh (Steven) Ladish of Leavenworth, Washington and Martha Thein of Waterloo; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Carolyn Judy of Hawkeye and many relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her two brothers, John and William Fred Miller.

She was a life long member of the Seventh-Day-Adventist church and looked forward to Jesus return.


Gretchen Sprouse on April 6, 2015 at 9:21 AM said:

Trish I'm so sorry to you and your family. May god be with you. xo
Elizabeth Thein on February 24, 2015 at 7:11 PM said:

I married he son,Jerry I have know Ruth for a very long time, as far as a mother-in-law she was a very kind and loving,and treated me as if I was one of her own daughters, I know in the last few weeks of her life she was in soo much pain,but now she is at rest with God, and not in pain she was the best mother in law a girl could have, may you rest in peace!
Jerry Thein on February 22, 2015 at 4:55 PM said:

I will remember my mom as a very caring and generous person. She was always there to help her kids and many others besides. She instilled in us that we would be going to college even though financially we had no right to expect to do so. Thanks for caring Mom. I love you.
Brenda, Ernie and family. on February 19, 2015 at 3:42 AM said:

Dear Trisha - please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for the loss of your dear Mum. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this very sad time.
Rian Herscher-Gainer on February 18, 2015 at 10:58 AM said:

My Granny Ruth was a very sweet and caring grandmother. I remember fondly of visiting her and Aunt Carolyn on the Iowa farm, many good memories of being a child in the summer in Iowa. She will be missed but the memories will continue for a long time still.

Barb Herscher on February 18, 2015 at 9:58 AM said:

I will remember my mom for her kind nature and her strong faith. She always prayed for our whole family on a daily basis. She also had beautiful handwriting and would write out verses to comfort us and to memorize.
She was also always a willing listener and would offer lots of encouragement. She had a lot of pain the last years of her life so we are thankful she is now resting in Jesus. We look forward to seeing her again in heaven where she will be pain free and young again. We love and miss you Mom.
Ben and Jean Thomas. on February 18, 2015 at 8:43 AM said:

Dear Trisha and family - words cannot express our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your dear Mum, Ruth. We send our sincerest condolences at this very sad time and our thoughts are with you all - God Bless.
Lindy Jo Quam Markeson on February 17, 2015 at 9:34 AM said:

My thoughts & prayers go out to the family during this sad time.

Oak Park Academy Alumni
Ashleigh on February 17, 2015 at 8:19 AM said:

Granny was so sweet and kind and had a strong faith. I remember when we would come visit in Iowa and we would walk around the farm and how much fun we all had. Love you Granny and I can't wait till Jesus comes.
Rori Fletcher on February 17, 2015 at 7:26 AM said:

We will miss our Granny. She always prayed for us daily. I can remember when she came to visit us when we were children. She loved to take us on long walks. We would explore streams, enjoy nature and she would tell us stories about growing up on the farm. She had a beautiful smile and a kind, caring nature. We look forward to Jesus return and being together again.
DeeAnn Moellers on February 16, 2015 at 5:55 AM said:

I am so sorry for your loss. It was good that you could visit your mom as often as you did and I am sure she appreciated that very much. The write up on your mom was very nice and captured everything I remember about her. May she rest in peace.
Nancy Siemer on February 14, 2015 at 5:09 AM said:

Please accept my condolensces on the loss of your mother! I remember meeting her when I was a child - she was so interesting to talk to. May she rest in peace.
John Smith on February 13, 2015 at 6:01 PM said:


Please accept my condolences for the passing of your mom. The obit and comments neatly summed up your mom's life, and how special she was.
Mike Smith on February 13, 2015 at 5:11 PM said:

What I want others to know about my Mother-in-law Ruth, is that she was always praying for me to have steady work. I always felt that she had some inside connection as I have had steady work when so many others in my trade have not. I will always be thankful for her prayers and generosity to us. She will be greatly missed.
Marylee Korman-Smith & George on February 13, 2015 at 4:50 PM said:

We never had the pleasure of meeting your
Mother but if she was half as kind, thoughtful
and generous as you Trisha she had to be
a wonderful woman. Please know that you, Mike
and your entire family are in out hearts, thoughts
and prayers. May she rest in peace....
With heartfelt sympathy,
George and Marylee Smith
Trisha Smith on February 13, 2015 at 11:34 AM said:

I will miss my Mom, her smile,arm tickles,and her love to me. We are looking forward to riding horses together when we meet again.
Rest in peace my dear Mom.
Carolyn Judy on February 13, 2015 at 9:01 AM said:

She was a sweet loving sister and I loved her so
much. Already missing her. Looking forward to seeing her again.
Sharon Sly-Durante - on February 13, 2015 at 6:40 AM said:

I am so sorry for your loss of Dear Ruth! She was the most loving, kind, and prayerful person I have ever known. She was so giving to me to let me stay with her when I had the night shift in Illinois and needed a place to sleep in the day! We became fast friends and continued our friendship thru the years until the day she died! We were like "sisters" and I miss her already. To All the family: she is resting now awaiting the great Resurrection and we Will see her again! To Carolyn, Jerry, Barb, and Trisha be thankful she isn't hurting any more! Praise The Lord!! on February 11, 2015 at 2:52 PM said:

Ruth was such a peaceful,loving and kind lady. I enjoyed my time spent with her and her family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Inda Hoover on February 11, 2015 at 7:14 AM said:

My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you strength and comfort as you mourn the lose of dear Ruth, a very special person.

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