Helen Eleane Ruroden, 74, of Monona, Iowa, died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, at the Guttenberg Hospital in Guttenberg, Iowa. She was born Jan. 24, 1946, to Lewis and Laura (Schnuelle) Ihde in Castalia, Iowa. She was baptized Feb. 13, 1946, at
Zion Lutheran Church in Castalia. Helen graduated from South Winneshiek High School in 1964.
Helen was united in marriage to Duane Ruroden on April 15, 1967. Two children were born to this union. Helen was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother and will be remembered as a very kind person. Throughout the years, Helen worked at Walmart and Prairie Industries in Prairie du Chien and at Monona Wire for over 30 years. She enjoyed spending time with her dog, Spud, doing word search and having a diet Dr. Pepper and cheese puffs. Helen also loved to dance, listen to country music, enjoyed watching TV, especially "Days of Our Lives," and going to the movies with Samantha.
Surviving Helen are her children, Bryce (Kris Nelson) Ruroden of Atkins, Iowa, and Samantha (Jason) Johnson of Garnavillo, Iowa; two grandchildren, Kaja and Kena Johnson; two stepgrandchildren, Shallyn Duffy and Breann (Dustin) Walters; one stepgreat-grandchild, Anthony Eason; special family members, Laura Ihde of Monona, Iowa, and Janice (Jim) Roberds of Holt, Mo.; and a nephew, Roger (Chris) Winters of Waukon, Iowa.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Laura Ihde; husband, Duane Ruroden, on Jan. 23, 2011; and her siblings, Rosalia Ehde, Larry Ihde, Leslie Ihde and in infancy, Lawrence Ihde.
A big thanks to the Guttenberg Care Center and the Guttenberg Hospital for the care they provided for Helen.
A public visitation will be held Dec. 14 at Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Monona. There will be a private family funeral and burial held.
Cards of condolences can be mailed to Bryce Ruroden, 614 Deer Ridge Dr., Atkins, IA 52206.
Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Monona is assisting the family with arrangements.