Ruth Elvina Damstrom
July 6, 1921 - June 14, 2017

Funeral Service for Ruth will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, June 16, 2017 at Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg. Burial is in Evergreen Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home on

Ruth Elvina Damstrom was born July 6, 1921 in Cylinder, IA, the daughter of Selmer and Christine (Madsen) Heng. She was a 1939 graduate of Cylinder High School, and she attended Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls.

On November 5, 1945, Ruth was united in marriage to Darven Arnold Damstrom in Emmetsburg. Ruth taught school at the Fairfield 5 Schoolhouse for several years. She also worked as a bookkeeper and secretary at Emmetsburg Memorial Hospital, Wigdahl's Plumbing and Heating, Wigdahl's Hardware and Emmetsburg Production Credit Association.

Ruth was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg where she was active in circle groups, quilting, putting on the Scandinavian Tea and Bizarre, and teaching Sunday school. She was also the secretary for the March of Dimes for a number of years, and she enjoyed attending USS O'Bannon Destroyer Reunions.

On June 14, 2017 Ruth passed away at Parc Hall in Emmetsburg.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Mary Catharine Damstrom of Ankeny and sister, Catharine Dillon and her husband, Jerry of Emmetsburg.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Darven; three brothers: William, Clifford and Ralph Heng; two sisters: Bess Voigt and Maryann Friedrichsen.
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Fri, June 16, 2017
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Joyce Funeral Home
2302 23rd Street
Emmetsburg, Iowa 50536

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Fri, June 16, 2017
1:00 PM


Joyce Funeral Home
2302 23rd Street
Emmetsburg, Iowa 50536


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Jackson Family
Jun 17, 2017

we would like to express our deepest sympathy. May those precious memories be foremost in your hearts and minds during this difficult time. Isaiah 25:8

Anne Nelson
Jun 16, 2017

I enjoyed getting to know Ruth while working on quilts at the Bethany Lutheran church. She had a unique sense of humor that I enjoyed; really a nice lady.


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