Alberta Lucille Ronnebaum – Earlville

Alberta Lucille Ronnebaum, 89, of Earlville, died Wednesday, November 5, 2014. Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, November 10, 2014, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Earlville. The family will greet friends from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m., Sunday, November 9, 2014, at Clifton-Murdoch Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Earlville, where there will be a 2:00 p.m. scripture service. Additional visitation from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. on Monday, also at the Funeral Home. Burial at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Earlville.
Alberta was born January 12, 1925, to A.B. and Clara (Thillen) Holtz at Littleport, Iowa. She attended school in Littleport and Xavier in Manchester. She worked for numerous families until marriage. She married Matthias “Matt” Ronnebaum on November 21, 1944, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Manchester. She and Matt farmed for 29 years before moving into Earlville in 1971. A person of strong faith, she guided her family with a gentle voice and enduring presence. Alberta loved baking (especially cherry pie), crocheting afghans and doilies, and quilting. She also enjoyed daily rosary and coffee with her friends.
Alberta is survived by her daughters, Dianne (Bill) Oberbroeckling, Betty (Darrell) Lendt, Karen (David) Mensen, and Marilyn (Gary) Althoff, Donna (Dan) Kaiser; a daughter-in-law, Kim (Kyle) Downs; 25 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; 3 step-great-grandchildren, sister-in-law, Wilma Holtz; sister, Marie Wulfekuhle; brother, Albert (Lucille) Holtz; and in-laws, Vera (Leonard) Wulfekuhle.
Alberta was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Matt in 2003; two sons, Leon in 1957, and Robert in 1993; a son-in-law, Larry Reth; a grandson, Stacy Reth, a great-grandson, Jordan Oberbroeckling; siblings, Francis Holtz, Edward (Leta) Holtz, Theresa (Joe) Demeter; father and mother-in-law, Frank and Mary Ronnebaum; and in-laws, Ernie (Arlene) Ronnebaum, and Harold Wulfekuhle.
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