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Ruth Frohwein, 93, State Center

The generous and loving spirit of 93 year old Ruth Frohwein, of State Center, departed this earthly life on the afternoon of Thursday, September 10th, at the State Center Nursing and Rehab Center, from medical complications unrelated to COVID-19.

Private family services will be held at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home in Marshalltown. She will be laid to rest in the Hillside Cemetery at State Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family at 306 7th Street NE, State Center, IA, 50247. For condolences, please visit Ph. 641-844-1234. View the funeral service live stream:

Born on November 27th, 1926, at home in rural Melbourne, Iowa, she was the daughter of John and Gladys (Hotger) Damman. She received her education in the area of her birth and graduated at age 16 from the Melbourne High School. That same year, while at the Forest Park Ballroom in Marshalltown, she saw the same handsome young man she saw at the grocery store every Saturday with her parents- Ray Frohwein. They shared their first dance that night.

On January 9th, 1944, she was united in marriage to that young man in Melbourne. They shared 76 years of blessings beginning with five children. They made State Center their home all of their married lives. Ruth was employed at Donnelly’s in Nevada for one year, Marshalltown Instruments for over 22 years and Wal-Mart in the jewelry department for over 17 years.

Ruth had a loving personality and touched the lives of many. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, baking, crafts, reading, canning, gardening produce, traveling and singing. It was a good day when she could do any of those likes, but it was a great day if her family was there with her to partake.

Ruth will be fondly remembered by Ray, her loving husband of 76 years; five children-Elizabeth “Beth” (Ron) Tuttle of Melbourne, Donald (Gaye) Frohwein of Osage Beach, MO, Marlys Frohwein of Council Bluffs, Linda Easton of State Center and Randy (Karen) Frohwein of State Center; eight grandchildren- Jeff Frohwein, Kimberly Holloway, Joseph Frohwein, Kelly Tuttle, Michael Frohwein, Amanda (Adam) Kilgore, Jesse (Brittney) Easton and Jake Easton; seven great-grandchildren; her sister Jean Brand and sisters-in-law Marilyn Damman and Nancy DeKock as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In death, Ruth rejoined her parents, three brothers and two grandsons-Brian and Jason.R

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