Adeline Gruis, 81, Cedar Falls, Iowa

Published 9:00 am Sunday, March 9, 2014

Adeline R. Gruis, 81, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, died March 5, 2014, at New Aldaya Lifescapes in Cedar Falls.

Adeline Gruis

Adeline Gruis

She was born Feb. 6, 1933, in Aplington, Iowa, the daughter of Arend and Lizzy Bunk Abbas. She married the Rev. Herman H. Gruis Jr. on April 10, 1953, in Ackley, Iowa. He died Oct. 31, 2004.

She graduated from Aplington High School and received a teaching certificate from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. She later earned a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and library Science from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. She taught at Hollandale Christian School, was a teacher of the hearing impaired in Edgerton, a school librarian in Clara City and a public librarian in Prophetstown, Ill.

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She is survived by three daughters, Beverly (Thomas) Gallagher of New Windsor, N.Y., Linda (Michael) Squires of Cedar Falls and Susan (Rev. Stephan) Hielkema of Gahanna, Ohio; a son, Duane Gruis of St. Louis, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a brother, George (Jane) Abbas.

Preceded in death by sister Arlene Abbas.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Richardson Funeral Service in Cedar Falls, with burial in Clarks Grove Cemetery in Clarks Grove.Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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