1929 - 2019

Maxine Jean Ruppert, 89, longtime resident of rural Tiffin, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Iowa City. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in her memory to Zion Lutheran Church, Iowa City Hospice or Johnson County Humane Society.  To share a thought, memory or condolence with her family, please visit the funeral home website at www.gayandciha.com.

Maxine was born Aug. 2, 1929, in Lee County, Iowa, to Roy and Marie (Wilson) Warson. Her younger brother, Martin, completed the family. She attended a one-room school house where she made lifelong friends. After high school she attended business college where she excelled in typing.

On June 17, 1950, she married Robert Ruppert. Maxine was a loving wife for 66 years. As a couple they purchased a farm north of Tiffin, where they worked and raised five children. She was a devoted mother and homemaker. She was skilled at gardening, canning, baking, sewing and crafting. Maxine provided unconditional love, and was kind and cheerful. Her brown eyes sparkled when she smiled. Christmas, attending the Iowa State Fair, and annual family vacations were things she always looked forward to.

Maxine is survived by her children: Becky (Dennis) Conrad of Reno, Nev., Patsy (Gary) Kleinmeyer of Lone Tree, Bill (Karen) Ruppert, and Linda (Ron) Alberts both of Tiffin, and Paul (Irina Kostina) Ruppert of Iowa City; grandchildren: Amy (Mike) Ponce, Casey Conrad, Katie (Brian) Stoklasa, Leanne (Derrick) Klinkenberg, Ivan Kleinmeyer, Rose Woods, Jennifer Ruppert, Caroline (Jason) Schilder, Zach (fiancee Chris Lucas) Alberts, Rachel (Sean Hoefert) Alberts, Sarah Alberts, Alex Ruppert, and Marina Kostina; great-grandchildren: William, Connor, and Eli Klinkenberg, Skylar Stoklasa, Nakia and Tristan Tangang, Kaliana Woods, Brinley Schilder; her brother: Martin (Rose) Warson; her sister-in-law: Katherine Hogan; and many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her beloved farm dog, Molly.

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