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Ethel Ann Cruse dies at 74

Ethel Ann Cruse, of Clarksville, formerly of Plainfield, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, at the Clarksville Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center in Clarksville. Ethel was born June 13, 1942, in Clarksville, the daughter of Martin and Iva Bell (Smith) Stille. She graduated from Clarksville High School. On March 21, 1964, she was united in marriage to Sheldon R. Cruse at the Clarksville Church of Christ. Over the years she worked for Lutheran Mutual Life Insurance Company in Waverly, provided daycare in her home, was secretary at Texco of Shell Rock, and was in quality control at Rada Manufacturing in Waverly for 30 years. Ethel was a longtime, faithful member of the Church of Christ in Clarksville. She regularly volunteered with the Clarksville Church of Christ Ladies Fellowship, the Women’s Club, and Plainfield American Legion. Near and dear to her heart were the many times she provided story hour at the Plainfield Library as well as being a Teacher’s Aide at Clarksville Head Start. In her free time, she enjoyed shopping and collecting teapots. Above all, the memories she shared with her grandchildren were among her most cherished times. Ethel is survived by two sons; Steve (Angela) Cruse of Johnston, and Kevin (Charlotte) Cruse of Orange City; grandchildren, Haley, Nicole, Karson, Karter, Hope, Zachary, Isabela and Raya, three sisters; Thelma Wiegmann of Alison, Marlys (Orville) Nitcher of Shell Rock and Lois (Stan) Wiemeyer of St. Joseph, Missouri, one brother; Delmar Stille. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Sheldon, five brothers; Walter, Lester, Everett, Charles and Earl, two sisters; Velma Doty and Wilhelmina Auer, granddaughter; Carolena Cruse. Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at the Clarksville Church of Christ with Pastor Val Swinton officiating. Private family burial of cremated remains will follow in the Willow Lawn Cemetery in Plainfield. Ethel’s family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly. Memorials may be directed to the Plainfield Library or Church of Christ in Clarksville. On-line condolences may be left at Funeral Home in Waverly is assisting the family. 319-352-1187 

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