Ruth Irene (Kolberg) Newton

Written by Theresa Rose on April 10, 2015

Ruth Irene (Kolberg) Newton, age 73, of Powellton, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 in the end of life program at Memorial Hospital in Carthage, Illinois. She was born on October 19, 1941 in Elmhurst, Illinois a daughter of Elmer and Dorothy Koehn Kolberg. She married William Richard Newton at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wheaton, Illinois on June 10, 1961.

Ruth grew up in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, graduating from Glenbard High School in 1959. She graduated in 1964 from Carthage College, Carthage, Illinois where she met Bill. She was a supportive farm wife and loving mother and grandmother who was very involved in her family’s lives. She was active in various groups including: Hancock County Republican Women, PEO and Monday Study Club, and Southeast Iowa Parkinson’s Support Group. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Nauvoo, Illinois, and had worked outside the home at Dana Bushong Jewelers. Ruth served others in many ways including Sonora Township Election Board, American Red Cross Blood Drive, Christ Lutheran Church secretary and Sunday school teacher, and various other church, school, and community activities.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Bill; their four children: Bill (Pam) Newton, Jr. of Ft. Madison, Iowa; Cynthia (Kirk) Barlow of Apache Junction, Arizona; Laura (JW) Stinson of Powellton, Illinois; John (Monica) Newton of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; their thirteen grandchildren: Jason (Nicole) Crowner of Carrboro, North Carolina; Matthew (fiancé Brandi Buchanan; Blake, Gage, and Braxton Scott) Crowner of Nauvoo, Illinois; Bradley (Jessica) Moffitt of Ft. Riley, Kansas; Brennan Moffitt of St. Louis, Missouri; Jackalyn, Jack, Samuel, John, and James Stinson of Powellton, Illinois; Benjamin, Zachary, Paige, and Megan Newton of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents and infant brother.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Christ Lutheran Church in Nauvoo, Illinois. A lunch for family and friends will be held at noon on Saturday, April 11, 2015 in Luther Hall at Christ Lutheran Church. The family will receive guests at a visitation on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, Southeast Iowa Parkinson’s Support Group, or Thornber Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.schmitzlynkfuneralhome.com .

The Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in Donnellson is assisting the family with the arrangements.