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Ruth Francois-Luckeroth
October 31, 1930 - October 21, 2016

Ruth (Francois) Luckeroth, 85, of Oelwein passed away on Friday October 21, 2016.  Visitation will be from 4-7PM on Monday October 24, 2016 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein with Catholic Daughters of America Rosary Services at 4PM and Parish Scripture Services at 7PM.  Funeral Services will begin at 11AM on Tuesday October 25, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein.  Interment will be in St. Albert Cemetery at Lamont.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

Ruth was born in Lamont on October 31, 1930 to parents Mathias and Maude (Pratt) First.  She graduated from Dundee High School with the class of 1947.  On July 15, 1948 she was united in marriage with Edward Francois at Masonville.  He passed away on November 17, 1991.  On January 3, 1998 she was united in marriage with Gerald “Jerry” Luckeroth at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein.  Ruth was a homemaker and enjoyed her family.  She also enjoyed golf, fishing, dancing and flowers.  She liked making Christmas candy, watching baseball games and keeping score at softball games.

Left to celebrate Ruth’s life is her husband Jerry;  her children: Shirley Francois of Strawberry Point, Mark (Ellen) Francois of Dundee, Steve (Cam) Francois of Dundee, and Jeffrey (Janet) Francois of Holy Cross; her step-children: Ron (Jeneane) Luckeroth, Susan (Ron) Mausser, Chris (Chrissie) Luckeroth and Ann (David) Schmidt of Oelwein; 14 grandchildren, Malissa (Joe), Marci (Nick),  Matt (Kristy), Mathew (Rechel), Susan (Brad), Sarah (John), Stephanie (Adam), Leah (Jarred), Alexa, Tyler, Samantha, Ashley, Tyler and Jonathan; 22 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Ed Francois (1991); daughter Ann Therese Francois; son Donald Joseph Francois; granddaughter Katherine, great-granddaughter Katarina, great-grandson Kinnick; brother Bill First; sisters: Mildred Downing, Florence Gross and Donna Staton. 


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Richard and Eileen Waterman on October 25, 2016 at 6:45 AM said:

We send our sympathies to Ruth's family and friends. We had some good times with her. She and Grandma Alta always enjoyed celebrating their birthdays together.
Mike Mary Gaffney on October 25, 2016 at 2:54 AM said:

Our deepest symphony to the family of Ruth
She was a very special friend and a great part of Mike's life growing up. Jay & Rita will be welcoming her into heaven with open arms
Joe Keith on October 24, 2016 at 9:49 AM said:

Sorry to learn of the passing of a wonderful lady. I will always remember her at softball and baseball games....but most of all for the wonderful family she raised. God Bless.
Joe & Ann Behan on October 24, 2016 at 8:36 AM said:

So sorry for your loss. Ruth was a very special lady and her pecan pie was award winning! I'm going to miss her smile and the way she always greeted everyone with a hug. She will be greatly missed.
Darryle Gross on October 24, 2016 at 5:09 AM said:

Shirley, Mark, Steve, Jeff, and members of Ruth's new family
I am so sorry to learn of Ruth's passing and sincerely wish there was a way for me to be there for you. Please accept my deepest condolences. Ruth was the greatest Aunt I've ever been with; she was always there for anyone who needed her. She will be missed.
Kyle Robinson on October 24, 2016 at 5:03 AM said:

We are sad to hear of Ruth's passing. She was a great lady. I cannot count the times we spent together with Ed and Ruth and my parents growing up. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families.
Kyle and Chris Robinson
Ken & Marilyn (Ives) Glaus on October 23, 2016 at 5:03 PM said:

Our sincere sympathy to the family, fond memories of her and your family as neighbors at rural Lamont. Your Mom and mine shared many memories of Dundee. You are in our prayers.
Brenda (Antons) Sullivan on October 23, 2016 at 1:07 PM said:

Sending my condolences to the family. Ruth will always be remembered for her ability to always make everything alright. Spent many hours sitting with her at ballgames. I will always remember her for taking me to the hospital when I had an attack in the middle of a playoff game. She was a great friend to many!
Vicki Vanter on October 23, 2016 at 5:10 AM said:

So sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you.
Jill McGraw Mulford on October 22, 2016 at 12:01 PM said:

I am sorry for your loss. Another member added to that great 500 club in
The sky!!
Lyle & Nancy Miller on October 22, 2016 at 9:39 AM said:

Our condolences to the family. I'll always remember Ruth could be a feisty little bugger with a heart of gold! May she rest in peace and God bless.
Mark March on October 22, 2016 at 5:44 AM said:

Mark, Shirley, Steve and Jeff: So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. The picture is exactly the way I remember your mom. Wishing you all the best and keeping you and your families in our prayers.

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