Gladys Martha Rupp, 89, formerly of Cherokee, died on Nov. 24, 2009 at her home in Petaluma, Calif., where she lived since 2006 when she moved to be near her daughter, Ruth. Gladys died of the complications from a stroke.
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Dec. 5, 2009, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee, with a family burial at Maryhill Cemetery. Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.greenwoodfuneral.com.
Gladys was born Aug. 5, 1920 in Holstein, the daughter of Ernest and Hilda (Schliinz) Kuhrts. She graduated as valedictorian of her high school class in Quimby, 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, 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 Award in appreciation of her outstanding volunteer services and leadership. Gladys enjoyed reading, traveling, playing the piano, playing cards and was proud of her family.
In addition to her husband, Robert, she was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Earl and Loren Kuhrts and a granddaughter Amy Emmert. Gladys was a faithful, dutiful, loving wife and mother who always saw the best in people and never stopped supporting or giving people a second chance. She always encouraged those around her to be better people and was never idle. She will be remembered for her constant warm smile. In leiu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice.
Left to cherish her memory are her four children and their spouses: Beverly and Arlan Emmert of Abu Dubai, UAE. Ruth and Bruce Schomaker of Petaluma, Calif., Ernest and Kim Rupp of Sturges, S.D., and Sandra and Brick McIntosh of San Jose, Calif.; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Gloria Kuhrts, Alta, Rita Donaldson, Marcus, Rose Mary Meyer, Camas, Wash., Jean Rupp, Colorado Springs, Colo., Eva Rupp, Littleton, Colo., Josephine Tuttle, Gresham, Ore.; and brouthers-in-law Beryl and Louise Rupp, Depoe Bay, Ore., Norman and Barbara Rupp, Cherokee.