Vivian Rupp, 91, of Monticello, went home peacefully to be with the Lord Friday morning, Feb. 16, 2018, at the Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following a brief illness.
Private family services will be held with interment in Oakwood Cemetery. Pastor Doug DiBell will officiate at the services. Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello, has taken Vivian and her family into their care. Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at www.goettschonline.com.
Surviving are a daughter, Renee Covington; two sons, Rick (Mickey) Rupp, all of Monticello, and Roger (Dorothy) Rupp of Center Junction; seven grandsons and one granddaughter; eight great-grandchildren; and four siblings, Jim (Judy) Brown, Delmar, Mary (Bob) Clark, Zwingle, Fred (Tomi) Nielsen, Clinton, and Joanne Clark, Maquoketa.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 63 years, Merlin, in 2008; a son, Ronald Rupp, in 2004; her son-in-law, Greg Covington, in 2000; and two brothers, Lavern and Clayton Brown.
Vivian Teresa Brown was born on Aug. 8, 1926, in Freeport, Ill. She was the daughter of John and Charlotte Wild Brown. Vivian graduated from the Epworth schools, where she worked as a telephone operator.
Vivian Brown and Merlin Rupp were married Aug. 22, 1945. The couple farmed for many years, until Merlin began hauling milk for Wapsi Valley Creamery. Vivian also worked for Collins Radio and drove a school bus for the Monticello Community Schools. They built the Rupp Apartments in 1979 and moved to town in 1991.