In Memory of

Barbara E. Rupp

July 16, 1932 - November 17, 2011
Barbara E. Rupp, the daughter of Ignatius Paul and Anna Clara (Smydra) Sivinski, was born July 16, 1932, in Ashton, NE. She lived with her family on a farm located near the Wood River in Shelton, NE until age three when they moved to Homer, NE. The family then moved to Rosalie, NE where they endured seven years of drought during the dust bowl years. They later moved to Arthur, IA for three years. After renting farms for years they bought a farm north of Meriden with Mill Creek running through it. Barb graduated from Meriden High Schoool at the age of 16 in 1949. On January 29, 1951, Barb was united in marriage to Norman Rupp at the Immaculate Conception Church in Cherokee. Shortly after their marriage Norman left to fight in the Korean War. While away at war, Barb welcomed their first newborn to the family, eventually having four children. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year. Barb worked various jobs but her favorite job was being a homemaker. Barb was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee and a member of the Catholic Daughters of America. She enjoyed fishing, yard work, spending time at their home at West Lake Okoboji, reading, and traveling. Most of all, she loved being around her friends and family. On November 17, 2011, Barb passed away at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center at the age of 79. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ignatius and Anna Sivinski; and her siblings: Joe, Jim, and Adrian Sivinski and Mary Ann Heise. She is survived by her husband, Norman Rupp of Cherokee, IA; children: Pam Rupp of Cherokee, IA, Greg (Renee) Rupp of Cherokee, IA, Brad (Nancy) Rupp of Plant City, FL, and Lori (Rob) LaFleur of Minneapolis, MN; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one sister, Carla (Charlie) Hines of Lincoln, NE; one brother, Jacek Sivinski of Albuquerque, NM; sisters-in-law, Jan (late Jim) Sivinski of Minneapolis, MN, Ava (late Adrian) Sivinski of Omaha, NE, and Collette (late Joe) Sivinski of Cherokee, IA; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, November 21, 2011 at the Immaculate Conception Gym in Cherokee.
Father Armand Bertrand
Visitation will begin at noon on Sunday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Sunday night at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee. There will be a rosary conducted by the Catholic Daughters of America at 5:00 P.M. Sunday, with a prayer service to follow at 7:00 P.M. Sunday night also at the funeral home.
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Cherokee, Iowa


Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 12:00 AM
Monday, November 21, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“My condolences to you Jessica Bailey and your family during this difficult time. Remember to cherish all of the memories you had together today and always. ”
- Heidi S. Kindle
Monday, November 21, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Norm and family,
I'm thinking of all of you at your time of loss. So sorry to hear of Barb's passing. I have many fond memories of when our family lived on 8th Street next to your family. May you find comfort knowing she is with the Lord. My prayers are with you. ”
- Dana (File) Kies
Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“We were saddened to hear of Aunt Barb's passing. Thanks so much for letting us know. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you continue your journey through this difficult time. Much love, Connie (Sivinski), Jon, and Hannah Callahan ”
- Connie Sivinski Callahan
Friday, November 18, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Our Deepest Sympathy in the loss of your Loved One.”
- Ted & Mary Ann Christensen
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