Letha Ridenour Hopkinton

Letha Ridenour age 98, died Monday, December 16, 2019 at the Good Neighbor Society, Manchester following a brief illness.
Per Letha’s wishes, funeral services will be held at a later date in the spring. Goettsch Funeral Home has taken Letha and her family into their care. Memorials may be sent to Letha’s son Brad Ridenour, at 829 New St. Manchester, Iowa 52057.
Surviving are 3 children, Brad (Ann), Manchester, Kent , Gayla (Joe) Ruiz, both of Cedar Rapids, 6 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and many great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Elmer, her daughter, Connie Rupe and grandson Todd Rupe, 2 son-in-law’s, Raymond Rupe and Barton Kirkwood a daughter-in-law, Carol Ridenour, 6 sisters and 2 brothers.
Letha Florence Miller was born October 21, 1921 at Delhi, Iowa. She was the daughter of Albert and Charlotte Sackett, Miller. Letha attended the Delhi Consolidated Schools until 10th grade. She graduated from the Quasqueton Consolidated Schools in 1938 as the Valedictorian. Letha continued her education at Lenox College in Hopkinton. Letha married Elmer (Happy) Ridenour on October 11, 1939 at the Zion Methodist Church, Colesburg. He preceded her in death on February 28, 1973. Letha was employed at Collins Radio at Anamosa from 1960 to 1969. She then started working for various “People” service programs from 1972 until she retired in 1991. She managed the Delaware County office of Hillcrest Family Services of Dubuque. Then managed the Homemaker Home Health Program sponsored by Catholic Charities. She worked in the Head Start Program under the HACAP program. Letha managed the Monticello Senior Dining Program and then went to work at Operation New View in Manchester until she retired.
In retirement she served on the Delaware County Council on Aging, and the Scenic Valley Agency on Aging in Dubuque. She was member of the Volunteer Connection Board and volunteered as the Treasurer/Manager of the Hopkinton Meal Service, for 11 years, retiring in 2008.

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