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Ruth Elizabeth Berven

May 21, 1919 — October 16, 2012

Ruth Elizabeth Berven

Ruth Elizabeth Berven, 93, of Webster City, died Tuesday October 16, 2012 at Southfield Wellness Community in Webster City. Her funeral will be held Saturday at 10 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Webster City. Friday 5-7 a visitation will be held at Boman Funeral Home.

Ruth was born to Louis & Bertha (Olthoff) Brinkema on May 21, 1919 on a farm East of Kamrar.  She attended rural elementary school and in 1936 graduated from Kamrar High School.  She received her Teacher’s Normal Training Certificate from Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls.  She taught in several Hamilton County rural schools for five years.

On June 22, 1947, she married Boyd Berven.  They start married life for a year and a half in Webster City, before moving in 1949 to farm near Stanhope.  Boyd retired from farming in 1984.  Ruth enjoyed her original farm neighborhood circle of friends.  She enjoyed the birthday club that included those friends.

Ruth was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church & Lydia Circle.  She was a long-time volunteer at Crestview Care Center & a gift shop volunteer at Hamilton Hospital.

Her family includes husband of 65 years; daughter Jean Bateman of Independence, IA; son Bruce (Ann) Berven of Ankeny, IA; sister Ardys (Bud) Hendrickson of Radcliffe, IA; brother-in-law Eugene Klaver of Webster City; five grandchildren Trent Bateman, Jill (Rich) Haberkorn, Mark (Tammy) Breven, Brenda (Tom) Perry & Jeffrey (Tanya) Berven and 14 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister (Marguerite Klaver), son-in-law (Richard Bateman) & brother-in-law Arvid Luppes.
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