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Obituaries

June 18, 2013

Charlotte Gruwell

OTTUMWA — Charlotte Gruwell, 82, of Eldridge, died June 12, 2013, at the Kahl Home in Davenport.

Charlotte was born July 19, 1930, in Percy, Iowa, the daughter of Jake and Ruth Hamilton Simbro. She was united in marriage to Donald E. Gruwell on Oct. 19, 1951, in Ottumwa. He preceded her in death on Nov. 27, 2009.

Charlotte was a proud homemaker and loved her family. She had enjoyed family vacations over the years, decorating her home and watching her husband, Don, make various crafts.

Those left to honor her memory include her daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa and Joseph Hintze of Long Grove and Lori and Carroll Ramsey of Park View; her grandchildren, Bridget (Robert) Curtis, Jacob Hintze and Emily Ramsey; her great-grandchildren, Payton Curtis, Lucas Curtis and Levi Hintze; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Pauline and Melvin Howard II of Annapolis, Md., and Doris and Joe Knupp of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; and her brother, Russell Simbro of Glenwood, Mo.

In addition to her husband, Don, Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Marval and Lloyd Yearns and Jaunita and Wayne Hill; and her brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Emmie Simbro.

Her body has been cremated.

Memorial graveside services and inurnment will be at 10 a.m. June 24 at Shaul Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 11:30 a.m.

Memorials may be made to the Activities Department at the Grand Haven Retirement Community in Eldridge.

Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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