Ruth M. (Gapinski) Donnelly (1928 - 2012)

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INDEPENDENCE – Ruth M. Donnelly, 83 years old, of Independence, died on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the Virginia Gay Hospital Nursing and Rehab Center in Vinton. She was born on Oct. 5, 1928, in Quasqueton, the daughter of Frank William and Vera Winifred (Melick) Gapinski. She graduated from high school in Quasqueton with the Class of 1945. She and John Richard Donnelly were married on May 9, 1949, at St. John's Catholic Church in Independence. Mrs. Donnelly did clerical work for the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office, the Farmers State Savings Bank, and the Middle School in Independence. She retired in 1985. Mrs. Donnelly was a member of St. John's Catholic Church and the Wapsipinicon Golf Club. She and her husband enjoyed winters in Texas and time spent at their cabin on the river. Mrs. Donnelly also enjoyed playing Bridge, line dancing, and cooking. Goulash and beans were one of her specialties. She is also remembered as an excellent care giver and mother.
Mrs. Donnelly is survived by her husband of 67 years, John, one daughter, Kathy (Mark) Mossman of Vinton, four sons, Mike (Deb) Donnelly, Andy (Penny) Donnelly, and Richard Donnelly, all of Independence, and Tom (Jackie) Donnelly of Garrison, eight grandchildren, John Mossman, Ben Donnelly, Jared Donnelly, Brian Hunter, Chris Donnelly, Brittany Donnelly, Katie Donnelly, and Brian Miller, six great grandchildren, and two brothers, Dave (Sandra) Gapinski of Hazleton, Penn., and Don (Florence) Gapinski of Anamosa.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandson, Burns Mossman.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 24, at St. John's Catholic Church in Independence. Rev. Donald Plamondon will be the Celebrant. Friends may call for visitation from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23rd, at the White Funeral Home in Independence, where a Parish Rosary begins at 3 p.m. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery in Independence. A Memorial Fund has been established for the Virginia Gay Nursing and Rehab Center in Vinton, Iowa. On line condolences may be left at
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Aug. 23 to Sept. 1, 2012