Grace Stille

Grace Stille

Grace (Ruter) Stille, 96, of Garner, passed away on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at the Oakwood Care Center in Clear Lake. Funeral services for Grace Stille will be held  Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020 at 10:30 AM at Kanawha Christian Reformed Church, 129 East 3rdStreet in Kanawha, with Pastor Brian Hofman officiating. Burial will be in Ell Township Cemetery in Klemme.

Visitation for Grace will be Monday, August 24, 2020 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at Ewing Funeral Home, 118 East Second Street in Kanawha and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. 

Memorials in Grace’s name may be directed to Kanawha Christian Reformed Church, 129 East 3rdStreet in Kanawha, Iowa 50447, or to Christian Worship Hour, P.O. Box 2002 in Aberdeen, South Dakota 57402-2002.

Grace Stille was born the middle child of Hammond and Dena (Riekens) Ruter on December 11, 1923.  She grew up in the Renwick/Kanawha area with her parents and two brothers, Ben and Glen. Grace attended Kanawha rural schools and graduated from Kanawha High School in 1942.

On November 28, 1942, Grace married Virgil (“Buck”) Stille, and they were blessed with three children: Donna, Cindy, and Randy. For nearly 60 years they farmed the Stille Century Farm together until their retirement in 1985. Grace was a hard-working, industrious farm wife, canning and freezing produce from the garden, sewing clothes for the girls, and cooking/baking for the farm crew during harvest and baling times. She and Buck wintered in Weslaco, TX, for 25 years, enjoying the warmer weather and socializing with all the Klemme folks who also wintered there. They also made several trips to Missouri and Kentucky with the Country Cousins group.  Buck died in 2002, and Grace remained on the Century Farm for several years before moving to Garner, where she lived for the past nine years in the little condo on the corner.

Grace has been a member of the Kanawha Christian Reformed Church all her life. Through the church, she was involved with Ladies Aid and delivering Meals on Wheels. She attended Britt CRC the past few years, and most recently she worshipped at home watching the Christian Worship Hour on TV. Grace was independent and resourceful, was Buck’s right-hand gal on the farm, kept the cleanest house of anyone around, loved clouds and singing, was good at bookkeeping and typing (and always wished she would have attended college), spent many nights watching Twins games, loved coffee time with her friends at Bill’s, and enjoyed the Ag Gals group when she could make it. Above all Grace loved the Lord and wanted all her children and grandchildren to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior as she did.

Grace is survived by her three children: Donna & Denny Schoenwetter of Forest City, Iowa; Cindy & Tim Hubers of Shoreview, Minn.; and Randy & Donna Stille of St. Anthony Village, Minn; 5 grandchildren: Dawn Heusinkveld & friend, Kevin Opheim; Kristi  and Jason Drook; Dan & Mattie Hubers; Elizabeth Anna Grace Stille, and Quentin Stille;  6 great-grandchildren: Brooke Heusinkveld; Hayden, Grace, and Bella Wynja; Ava Grace and Willow Hubers; 2 step-great-grandchildren: Hunter and Harper Drook; 1 great-great-grandchild: Evelyn Heusinkveld; her brother & sister-in-law, Glen & Carolyn Ruter; and many nieces and nephews.

Grace was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother & sister-in-law, Ben & Florence Ruter.



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