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Lorna Mae Husmann Ruley
August 8, 1930–February 6, 2012
Lorna M. Ruley, 81, of Oxford Junction, Iowa, died Monday, February 6, 2012, at Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oxford Junction, with the Rev. Greg Steckel officiating. Friends may call from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday at Lahey Funeral Home in Oxford Junction, where a scripture service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in the Mayflower Cemetery, Oxford Junction, Iowa.
Lorna Mae Husmann was born August 8, 1930, in Anamosa, Iowa, daughter of Edward and Johanna "Mary" (Lubben) Husmann. She graduated from Anamosa High School.
On January 29, 1955, she was united in marriage to Joe Ruley in Anamosa, Iowa. They lived on the same farm their entire married life. Lorna was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Oxford Junction, and the Wapsie Unit 473 Legion Auxiliary. Lorna held several offices, including two terms as president. Since 1969, Lorna and Joe worked at the Legion sponsored dances. They also worked with Wapsie Unit 473 to establish the Avenue of Flags at the Mayflower Cemetery and helped the project for thirteen years. Lorna served as Oxford Township clerk, as well as treasurer for the Oxford Junction Cemetery Association. She was a member of the Women of the Moose Lodge 363 in Clinton since 1985. Lorna's well known talent was sharing her cake decorating skills. She made cakes for all occasions for over thirty years.
Lorna is survived by her husband, Joe Ruley of Oxford Junction; two children, Dawn (Paul) McDermott of Delmar and Mark Ruley of Mt. Vernon; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; three sisters, Eloise Ricklefs of Anamosa, Loretta (Ron) Stahlberg of Waverly, and Mary Murray of Oxford Junction; two brothers, John (Pat) Lubben of Montezuma and Jim (Maureen) Lubben of Boston, Massachusetts; and two sisters-in-law, Josephine Behne and Nadine Ruley, both of Oxford Junction.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Brad Joseph on June 24, 2003, one brother, Robert in infancy, and one sister, Alice Sauer.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, 10 February 2012


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