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“I just heard about the passing of Ruth and want to express my sincerest condolences to you and your family. She was such a lovely, sweet person and...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: Fran Wyse (Reinhardt) - MI

“I was saddened to see about Ruth. I met Ruth and Bill at the Parkinson support meetings in Burlington. I always enjoyed visiting with both Ruth and...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Mary Kay Riley

“I knew Ruth & Bill from the Support meetings at the Great River Hospital. She was so kind & friendly. She will be greatly missed by many.. May...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: Lettie Twyman - Burlington, IA

“Our heartfelt sympathy to our dear Newton Family. Ruth touched so many lives with her grace, love and generosity. The impact that she made on so...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Raylene "Kraft" Moening - Austin, TX

“Bill and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Ruth was a kind,big-hearted person. I have some fond memories of Ruth, Larry and eggs. Your family...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Janice LaCroix - Fort Madison, IA

“We are so sorry for your loss. I remember all the LYON trips that I went on as a kid that Ruth helped us on. Trips to Augustana College and the LYON...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Susan Metternich-Wilson - Nauvoo, IL

“I first met Ruth at Dana Bushongs in Ft Madison where I grew up. She was always friendly and had a smile for everyone she saw. later I moved to...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Laura Berg - Ferris, IL

“My deepest sympathy. I remember Ruth as such a kind and caring woman. She worked many years with my mom Carey Glasgow at Dana Bushongs. I always...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Erin (Glasgow) Duval - Friend

“Dear Bill and Family, My thoughts are with you during this time of sorrow. Ruth was a very special person and I loved talking to her and seeing her...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Melissa White - Carthage, IL

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill and Ruth'a family. Ruth was a strong woman who also was caring and gentle. She loved life and will be missed...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Beverly Gobble - Fort Madison, IA

“I remember Ruth, fondly, from when we shared an office in Carthage. She was a dear soul. My kindest sympathies to the family. ”
11 of 21 | Posted by: Lisa Tomey - Raleigh, NC - friend

“We extent our deepest sympathy for your loss. We are so glad we have great memories of Ruth at our last Glenbard Reunion. If you remember we...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: John and Linda Pond - Huntsville, AL

“So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. ”
13 of 21 | Posted by: Jay and Carmen Pittman - IL

“So sorry to hear about your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers! ”
14 of 21 | Posted by: Bridgitt Hutson

“Bill and family, our sincere condolences to you all. May God bless each and every one of you during this time of sorrow. You will be in our thoughts...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: Chris and Melinda Cole and family

“We are so very sad for your families loss and will be thinking of all of you over the next few weeks. Hugs and prayers, love the Mead Family ”
16 of 21 | Posted by: Ann Mead - Delhi, IA - friend

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all.Ruth was an amazing woman! ”
17 of 21 | Posted by: Kay Boddeker - Ft.Madidon, IA

“What a wonderful lady! She will be greatly missed by many. My thoughts and prayer are with all of you. ”
18 of 21 | Posted by: Brenda Adkisson

“Ruth was such a special lady. Always ready to pitch in and help in all her commuity events such as Republican women. I shall always remember her...Read More »
19 of 21 | Posted by: Carol Whitcomb - burnside, IL

“So sorry for your family's lossNever easyKeep her picture out and DO talk to herOftenGod bless all of you ”
20 of 21 | Posted by: Sheila Kiesey - Mt Pleasant, IA

“We are so thankful to have known Ruth. She was incredibly welcoming when we moved to Powellton. Her strength in adversity and her love of her...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: Jon, Tonya, Jacob and Luke Little - IL

Ruth Irene (Kolberg) Newton, age 73, of Powellton, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 in the end of life program at Memorial Hospital in Carthage, Illinois. She was born on October 19, 1941 in Elmhurst, Illinois a daughter of Elmer and Dorothy Koehn Kolberg. She married William Richard Newton at St. John's Lutheran Church in Wheaton, Illinois on June 10, 1961.

Ruth grew up in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, graduating from Glenbard High School in 1959. She graduated in 1964 from Carthage College, Carthage, Illinois where she met Bill. She was a supportive farm wife and loving mother and grandmother who was very involved in her family's lives. She was active in various groups including: Hancock County Republican Women, PEO and Monday Study Club, and Southeast Iowa Parkinson's Support Group. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Nauvoo, Illinois, and had worked outside the home at Dana Bushong Jewelers. Ruth served others in many ways including Sonora Township Election Board, American Red Cross Blood Drive, Christ Lutheran Church secretary and Sunday school teacher, and various other church, school, and community activities.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Bill; their four children: Bill (Pam) Newton, Jr. of Ft. Madison, Iowa; Cynthia (Kirk) Barlow of Apache Junction, Arizona; Laura (JW) Stinson of Powellton, Illinois; John (Monica) Newton of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; their thirteen grandchildren: Jason (Nicole) Crowner of Carrboro, North Carolina; Matthew (fiancé Brandy Buchanan; Blake, Gage, and Braxton Scott) Crowner of Nauvoo, Illinois; Bradley (Jessica) Moffitt of Ft. Riley, Kansas; Brennan Moffitt of St. Louis, Missouri; Jackalyn, Jack, Samuel, John, and James Stinson of Powellton, Illinois; Benjamin, Zachary, Paige, and Megan Newton of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her parents and infant brother.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Christ Lutheran Church in Nauvoo, Illinois. A lunch for family and friends will be held at noon on Saturday, April 11, 2015 in Luther Hall at Christ Lutheran Church. The family will receive guests at a visitation on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, Southeast Iowa Parkinson's Support Group, or Thornber Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at .
The Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Homes is assisting the family with the arrangements.