Gladys Martha Rupp was born August 5, 1920 in Holstein, Iowa, the daughter of Ernest and Hilda (Schliinz) Kuhrts. She graduated as valedictorian of her high school class in Quimby, Iowa in 1937 and attended the National Business Training School in Sioux City. She was employed at the AAA office in Cherokee until her marriage to Robert Rupp on Aug. 20, 1946, which was also the date his parents were married in 1912. He preceded her in death on March 9, 2001. They farmed near Maryhill, Iowa on the home place, a Century Farm, where they retired in 1982 but continued to live until Robert passed away.
She was a member of the Maryhill Visitation Parish for more than 50 years where she had served in many leadership capacities, including holding offices in the Maryhill Guild; Secretary of the Finance Committee and eight years and played piano for Mass until Dec. 18, 2004, when they had their last Saturday night Mass at Maryhill.
She was also past president and vice-president of the American Legion Auxiliary in Cleghorn; received the 1978 Homemaker of the Year Award; was given her 20 year pin as a 4-H leader of the Sheridan Stars 4-H Club; and received and honorary 4-H member plaque award in 1989. In 2007, she was awarded the Cherokee County Hall of Fame
Services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, December 5, 2009, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee, IA.
Father Armand Bertrand
Father Gene Sitzmann
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee, IA.
By the I.C. Funeral Choir
Organist- Charlotte Groves
Maryhill Visitation Cemetery
Rural Cherokee, Iowa