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Carolyn Ball

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Carolyn A. Ball, age 89, resident of Grandview Health Care in Oelwein, formerly of Fredericksburg, died Monday morning, March 29, 2010, at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at Immaculate Conception Church, Sumner with Rev. Jim Brockman and Rev. Kenneth Stecher con-celebrating the Mass. Lector for the Mass will be Terrill Ball. The pall will be placed on the casket by her two children. Interment will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Fredericksburg with Mark Ries, Kent Ries, David Trewin, Craig Bravener, Bill Trewin, and Don Trewin serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Deb Ries, Janae Wilson, Amos Brandenburg, Floren Bravener, Art Axberg, Max Crabtree, Tom Trewin, and Dan McFarland. Friends may call 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Hugeback and Chenoweth Funeral Home, Fredericksburg. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass at church on Wednesday. Carolyn Amanda Ball was born June 1, 1920, in Fredericksburg, IA, the daughter of Roy and Rella (Stansberry) Barker. She received her education in Fredericksburg and then continued her education at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, receiving her teaching certificate. She taught in several rural country schools in Chickasaw County. On May 8, 1943, Carolyn was united in marriage to Robert William Ball. The couple married at Immaculate Conception Church in Sumner. To this union two children were born. The couple moved to Tampa, Florida where they lived until Robert was Honorably Discharged from the Army Air Corp. The couple then moved back to Fredericksburg, where they raised their family and together farmed the Barker family farm until their retirement in 1980. In October of 2001, failing health made it necessary for them to become residents of Grandview Nursing Care in Oelwein. They resided together at the nursing home until Robert died on January 19, 2004. Carolyn enjoyed working on her crafts, sewing, and was a talented baker. She was a very active member of Immaculate Conception Church and the Pinhook Catholic Church. She especially enjoyed the time she spent with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She will be remembered by her family for being a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and will be greatly missed by family and friends. Survivors include her two children, Terrill “Terry” (Mona) Ball of Iowa City, and Catherine (John) Ries of Elma; four grandchildren, Janae (Jim) Wilson, Mark (Joanne) Ries, Deb Ries, and Kent Ries; and five great-grandchildren, Kayla, Mindy, and Dillon Wilson, Alyvia Ries, and Hayden Ries. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and two sisters, Ruth Laabs and Dorothy Voorhees.

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  1. Dear Terry and Mona: I am so sorry about the loss of your mother, Terry. I know you will have fond memories of her–but that you will miss her, too. With love, Margery McCardell

  2. Very sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family in this difficult time.

  3. Dear Terrill, I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I really enjoyed taking care of her as well as your dad when I worked at Grandview! When I left and came to work in Independence, I looked forward to your mom calling me. Our dear heavenly father is now looking after his newest angel!!! God Bless you and your family! Forever Friends, Marta Rouse (Ohrt)

  4. Dear Cathrine and Terry and Families: I am so sorry to here of Caorline’s passing. I am in California at the present and won’t be back in Iowa for a few weeks. I extend my sympathies to all. Gosh, all the memories from days past. I will get in contact when I return. Love Fran.

  5. Terrell and Mona Sorry to hear about your mom, but you will always have the memories to cherish. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and all your family. Love Randy and Mary Jane

  6. My Sympathy..I remember your Mom so well in 4H She was so nice..Cherish the memories Margo (Mattke) Pleggenkuhle

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