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Ruby Jentz

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FENTON — A funeral service for Ruby Jeanette Jentz, 91, of Fenton, was held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Burt at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, with Pastor Russell Reimers officiating. Interment followed at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Fenton.
Ruby Jentz peacefully passed away Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, at Heartland Care Center in Marcus. She was the daughter of Chris and Katie (Rinkenberger) Alt and was born December 30, 1924. She grew up in the Algona area.
Ruby was baptized Dec. 22, 1946, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Algona.
She married Henry ‘Hank’ Scheppman in 1946. He passed away in 1950. On Jan. 13, 1954, she married Mervin Jentz in Las Vegas, Nev.
She was a member of St John’s Lutheran Church for 50 years.
Ruby was the youngest of 10 siblings.
She helped her parents on the farm and worked at Maid Rite Coffee Shop in Algona. After her marriage, she and Mervin resided in Fenton, the Seneca farm and Burt, where they worked for Welp’s Hatchery in Bancroft for many years. After retirement they moved to Seneca.
After Mervin’s death, Ruby moved to Fenton. In her 80s, she worked at the Fenton Library. She enjoyed spending time there with her card and coffee buddies. After a very active 91 years, Ruby’s health started to decline and she moved to Le Mars to be closer to her family.
Ruby was a devoted wife and mother. She loved to sew, fish, garden, do puzzles, play cards, go to the casino and visit family and friends. She enjoyed going to the North Star in Fenton.
Survivors include one son, Joel (Genise) of Le Mars, and two daughters, Colleen Follman (Doug) of Latimer and Lori Nowak (Ron) of Ottawa, Ill. Also surviving are nine grandchildren: Troy Follman (Petra); Joshua Follman (Sandy); Ben Follman (Nicole); Amy Jentz; Heidi Jentz; Lindsey Norem (Jason); Alex Nowak (Laura); Sarah Lane (Zac) and Aaron Jentz; six great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and many step-granchildren; one brother-in-law, Harold Lampe, Burt, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Mervin, and one son, Jeff; brothers: Melvin, Harry, Elmer and Larry Alt; and sisters: Esther Wibben, Minnie Speth, Pearl Gerber, Dorothy Lampe and Evelyn Greinert.
Henry-Olson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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