Mary Ruth Schuller
Mary Ruth Schuller, known to friends and family as Ruthie, passed away peacefully Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. She was surrounded by loving family members, her devoted partner of 18 years, Lawrence McGrath, and the wonderful staff at Cottage Grove Place.
Her online memorial service will be held at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories on Saturday, Dec. 19. The livestream link to view this service on Saturday at 1 p.m. CST is: client.tribucast.com/tcid/41880304. Her inurnment at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Cedar Rapids and an in-person celebration of her life will follow at a later date when it is safer to do so.
Ruthie was born Mary Ruth Berger on June 16, 1927, in Emmetsburg, Iowa, the daughter of Carl Joseph and Mary Florence (O'Brien) Berger. On Dec. 27, 1947, she was united in marriage to Dr. Bernard Francis Schuller. They were married for 48 years and together raised their five children.
To all who knew her, Ruthie was full of laughter, love and generosity. Known for her ability to harmonize with any song (even in her last days) as well as her quick wit and excellent cooking skills, her home was always a warm and welcoming haven. Her children's friends often shared their dinner table and she never missed a game, a dance recital or a play performance. From her loud applause to her "Rally, Rally Rally" cheers, everyone knew when Doc and Ruth were present.
She was also a woman of strong faith, a devoted member of her Joy! prayer group and an active member of All Saints and later St. Matthew's Catholic churches.
Meanwhile, Ruthie was a prolific poet, often penning a light-hearted tribute to friends and family on their birthdays. Here is an excerpt from one of her more reflective poems:
Please, my Dear Children, tell me one thing,
What of the essence to your life did I bring?
Did I hold your hand when you reached out?
Did I teach you what this world is really about?
I hope that my love for God came through
And you'll always remember, "To thine own self be true."
She is survived by her five grateful children, Mary Kay (MK) Mueller, JoAnn Hurd and her husband, Bruce, Jim Schuller and his girlfriend, Carmen Kealey, Paul Schuller and his wife, Patti, and Bernie Schuller and his wife, Marcia. Ruthie also had eight beautiful grandchildren, JoAnna and Zach, Justin and Emily, Erin, Tori, and Kelly and Luke; as well as two adorable great-grandsons, Tom and Dane.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernie; her sister, Jeanne Bywater; and her brothers, Bill Berger and Bob Berger. Her surviving siblings are Carol Pascuzzi, Jack Berger and Joe Berger.
A former "Mrs. Palo Alto County," Ruthie loved fashion and had a penchant for hats. Now our hats are off to you, Dearest Mom, Grandma, Aunt, Godmother, and Faithful Friend. The world won't be the same without you, but heaven is celebrating!
Memorials may be sent to Hospice House of Mercy at 315 18th Ave., Hiawatha, IA 52233.
Online condolences are welcome at www.cedarmemorial.com under obituaries.