Frank Maruska Dies At Elma
Death ended the life of Frank Maruska, 72, at the Dowling hospital in Elma Tuesday morning, April 17 at about 7 o'clock. Cerembarl embolism was given as the cause of his demise.
Frank had been a patient at the Elma hospital for seven weeks having gone there from Charles City where he was making his home. His condition took a sudden turn for the worse Monday and members of his family were summoned to his bedside. He passed away well fortified with the final rites of the Catholic church of which he had been a member.
The remains lay at the Conway Funeral Home in Elma until Thursday when they were taken to Cresco for burial. Services were held in St. Joseph Catholic church, Cresco, at 10 o'clock and burial was made in the parish cemetery. Rev. Fr. Roman Shares, pastor, read the requiem mass and officiated at the graveside.
Pall bearers were J. W. Weber of Alta Vista, T. F. Burns and John Burns of Charles City, Jim Hruska of Elma, Phillip Ochler, Joe Zbornick of Cresco.
A number from this community went to Cresco to attend the final rites. The deceased was former Alta Vista resident.
Born At Fort Atkinson
Frank Maruska, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Maruska Sr., was born at Fort Atkinson, Iowa, October 20, 1878. He grew to young manhood and attended school there.
November 28, 1901 he was married to Clara Ruzicka at Alta Vista. The couple moved from Alta Vista to St. Paul, Minn., later to Dickenson, North Dakota and then returned to Iowa. The family settled in Cresco where Mr. Maruska was in the hardware business for more than 20 years. He and his wife then retired and again came to Alta Vista to make their home. They remained here for about 5 years and then went to Charles City which was their home ever since.
It was while Charles City that his wife passed away July 10, 1950.
The deceased is mourned by four daughters and two sons: Mrs. George (MIldred) Boettcher, Regina Maruska, Roger Maruska, all of Milwaukee, Wis., Clarence Maruska of St. Paul, Minn., Mrs. Peter (Mabel) Wentworth of San Jose, California, Mrs. Frank (Agnes) Hruska of Elma.
Eight grandchildren and one great grandchild survive as do the following brothers and sisters: Joe Maruska, E. Maruska, and Mrs. Margaret Bodie of Detroit, Mich., George Maruska of Madison, Wis., Mrs. John (Anna) Smith of Fort Atkinson, Mrs. Herbert (Mary) Wells of Cresco, Will Maruska of Lourdes.
Leaves Many Friends
Frank Maruska also leaves many friends who mourn his passing. He was a man of fine character, honesty and integrity, and endowed with an attractive personality. He made friends wherever he went and all remember him with kindness. He was a good father and husband and his years on earth were fruitful in storing up a reward of bliss in the world beyond.
The bereaved family has the sincere sympathy of their many friends on their time of sorrow.
New Hampton, Iowa newspaper, April 1951
FORMER HARDWARE DEALER IN CRESCO DIED ON TUESDAY
Funeral Services for Frank J. Maruska, of Charles City, Planned Tomorrow (Thursday)
Frank J. Maruska, age 72, of Charles City, former Cresco businessman, died in the Elma hospital yesterday morning at 7:15 following an illness of seven weeks. Mr. Maruska had been suffering from cerebral embolism.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning (Thursday) at 10:00 in the Cresco Saint Joseph church. The Rev. Roman A. Schares, pastor, will offer the requiem mass, and burial will be in the Calvary cemetery.
Frank Maruska, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Maruska, was born at Fort Atkinson, October 20, 1878. He attended the Fort Atkinson schools. He was married to Clara Ruzicka at Alta Vista, November 28, 1901. The couple became the parents of six children, all of whom survive.
Mr. and Mrs. Maruska came to Cresco in 1910 and Mr. Maruska operated a hardware store in the partnership with John Kallshek. After 20 years in Cresco, Mr. and Mrs. Maruska moved to Elma, later making their home at Alta Visa and Charles City. Mrs. Maruska died in Charles City July 19, 1950. The former Cresco man lived in Charles City the last seven years. He was a member of the Charles City Immaculate Conception church and Knights of Columbus.
Surviving Mr. Maruska are his six children, Mrs. George (Mildred) Boetcher and Regina Maruska of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Clarence of Saint Paul, Mrs. Austin (Mabel) Wentworth of San Jose, California, Mrs. Frank (Agnes) Hruska of Elma, and Roger of Milwaukee. All of the children will be present for the funeral services with the exception of Mrs. Wentworth, who is unable to attend.
Also surviving the well - known former Cresco businessman are four brothers, Edward and Joseph Maruska of Detroit, Michigan. George of Madison, Wisconsin, and William of Lourdes: three sisters, Mrs. John Smith of Fort Atkinson, Mrs. H. E. Wells of Cresco, and Mrs. Margaret Bodie of Detroit. There are eight grand-children, and one great - grand child.
Relatives and friends from Fort Atkinson, Elma, Charles City, Alta Vista, Madison and Detroit are expected to attend the funeral services.
" The Times-Plain Dealer," The Howard County Times and Cresco Plain Dealer, consolidated, Wednesday, April 18, 1951, Volume 85 No.: 16, page 1, column 8, Microfilm - newspaper, Cresco Public Library , Cresco, Iowa - Howard County.
FRANK J. MARUSKA BURIED AT CRESCO
Funeral services for Frank J. Maruska of Charles City, former resident of Elma, were held at Cresco this (Thursday) morning. Mr. Maruska passed away at the Dowling hospital in Elma at 7:10 Tuesday morning, Apr. 17, the immediate cause of death being a cerebral hemorrhage which followed a period of seven weeks hospitalization. Mr. Maruska had been visiting at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Hruska, in Elma when he was taken ill Feb. 24 and entered the hospital that day.
Funeral services in Cresco were conducted from St. Joseph's Catholic church, with the pastor, Re. Roman Sharer, officiating, and interment was made in Calvary cemetery there.
Serving as pallbearers for the funeral of Mr. Maruska were John Burns and Tom Burns of Charles City, Hoe Zbornik and Phil Oehler of Cresco, Joe Weber of Alta Vista and James Hruska of Elma.
Deceased was born Oct. 20, 1878, at Fort Atkinson, the son of Frank and Margaret (Rausch) Maruska. While he was a child his family moved to a farm near Lourdes and it was there he received most of his education. As a young man, he accepted employment at Alta Vista, and it was in St. Bernard's Catholic church there that he was united in marriage to Clara Ruzicka on Nov. 28, 1901.
Following their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Maruska continued to live in Alta Vista for a time, then spent a few years Dickinson, N.D., and St. Paul, Minn., before moving to Cresco in 1909 where he engaged in the hardware business until 1927, moving to Elma where he was employed at the C. Klobassa store. In 1934 they again made their home in Alta Vista, moving to Charles City in 1944, which has since been their home.
Mr. and Mrs. Maruska were parents of six children, all of whom survive. They are: Mrs. George Boetcher (Mildred), Regina and Roger, all of Milwaukee; Clarence of St. Paul, Minn., Mrs. Austin Wentworth (Mabel) of San Jose, Calif.; and Mrs. Frank Hruska (Agnes) of Elma.
Mr. Maruska was preceded in death by his wife, who died in July of 1950, and a brother, John Maruska of Elma, who died in April of 1929. Survivors include four brothers and three sisters, as well as eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. The brothers and sisters are as follows: Joseph and Edward of Detroit, Mich.; George of Madison, Wis.; William of Lourdes; Mrs. John Smith of Fort Atkinson, Mrs. George Bodie of Detroit, Mich.; and Mrs. Herb Wells of Cresco.
F. J. MARUSKA DIES AT 72
Frank J. Maruska, 72, 204 Fifth Ave., died at 7 a.m. today at the Dowling hospital at Elma. He underwent surgery there about six weeks ago.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the St. Joseph's Catholic church at Cresco. The Rev. Roman Shares will officiate.
Mr. Maruska was born at Ft. Atkinson. He moved to Charles City about six years ago. He was employed at the Oliver corporation until he retired about two years ago.
He was a member of the Charles city council 1409, Knights of Columbus, Holy Name society and member of the Immaculate Conception parish.
Mrs. Maruska died in July, 1950. Survivors are two sons, Clarence, St. Paul, Minn., Roger, Milwaukee, Wis., four daughters, Regina and Mrs. Mildred Boetcher, both of Milwaukee, Mrs. Frank Hruska Jr., Elma, and Mrs. Mabel Wentworth, Los Angeles, Calif.
The Conway Funeral home at Elma is in charge.
Knights of Columbus members will recite the Rosary at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Elma. Members will meet at 6:45 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus hall here.
Charles City newspaper
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. in the St. Joseph church, Cresco, for Frank Maruska, 72, who died at Elma hospital Tuesday morning; the deceased was a former Alta Vista resident but for the past seven years lived in Charles City; employed at the Oliver Corp. until he retired about two years ago; he was a patient at Elma hospital for about seven weeks; son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Maruska, Sr., born in Ft. Atkinson, Oct. 20, 1878; married Nov. 28, 1901, in Alta Vista to Clara Ruzicka, who died July 10, 1950 in Charles City; leaves four daughters, two sons, Mrs. George Boettcher, Miss Regina Maruska, Roger Maruska, all of Milwaukee, Wis.; Clarence Maruska, St. Paul, Minn.; Mrs. Peter Wentworth, San Jose, Cal.; Mrs. Frank Hruska, Elma; eight grandchildren, one great grandchild, and the following brothers and sisters: Joe Maruska, Ed Maruska, Mrs. Margaret Bodie, Detroit, Mich.; George Maruska, Madison, Wis.; Mrs. John Smith, Ft. Atkinson, Mrs. Herbert Wells, Cresco, Will Maruska of Lourdes; member of Charles City council 1409, Knights of Columbus, Holy Name society and the Immaculate Conception parish at Charles City; Knights of Columbus members will recite that Rosary at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Elma, where the Conway funeral home is in charge of arrangements.
Clara Anna Ruzicka Maruska
1881–1950 (m. 1901)
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