Ruth Caldwell

Posted December 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm


June 26, 1911 – Dec. 17, 2012

Ruth Caldwell, age 101, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2012  at the Willow Gardens Care Center, surrounded by her family. 

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 at Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello, where friends registered after 10 a.m. Rev. Al Polito officiated at the services.  Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery.  

Ruth Berdina Martha Lambert was born June 26, 1911, in Monticello, Iowa.   She was the daughter of Alpha Omega (Francis) and Rosella Thacker, Lambert. 

Ruth graduated from the Monticello Community Schools in 1927.  She took normal training and taught that fall in a rural school near Monticello.  She continued her education at the Cedar Rapids Business College.  

Ruth married Clarence Seedorf on April 1, 1936.  She was employed at the Canning Factory in Monticello and at the Reliance Shirt Factory in Anamosa.   In May of 1952, she married Glen Meeks.  Ruth then worked at Turner Microphone, Collins Radio and Killborn Paper. 

Ruth married Harry Caldwell in May of 1961, the couple lived in Alburnett and Ruth was a cook at Crest View Acres Care Center and the Marion Café. 

Following Harry’s death in Oct. of 1997, Ruth lived with her daughter, Ruth Ann, until moving to Willow Gardens. 

Surviving are six children, Gerry Decious, Lisbon, Diane Hixson, Marion, Donald Seedorf, Cedar Rapids, Ruth Ann Morrison, Alburnett, Larry Seedorf, Buffalo, N.Y., Terry Meeks, Milwaukee, Wis.; 22 grandchildren; and many great and great-great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents;  her husband, Harry; a daughter, Rose Ann Postier; a brother, Everett; and three sisters, Mildred, Mabel and Gertrude. 

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The family would like to thank  Willow Gardens Care Center, Hospice of Mercy and all the doctors and staff, especially Stephanie, Tanecca, Pam and Shannon.