In Memory of

Ruth Iona Hausmann

March 20, 1923 - October 31, 2019
From: Cherokee, IA

    Ruth was born on March 20, 1923 in Cherokee, IA the daughter of Leander and Laurine (Madison) White. She and her family lived on a farm between Merrill and LeMars, IA, where Ruth attended country school. They lived in this home until she was 10 years old then they moved to Wisconsin. 

     Ruth graduated from Tomah high school - Tomah, WI in 1940. She returned to Iowa to work for her sister, Irma (Cave), as a housekeeper. Ruth began working at Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital (Cherokee) in 1945 and became interested in nursing. She attended St Joseph School of Nursing, in Sioux City, graduating as a Registered Nurse in September 1950. She returned to Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital working in the Surgery Department.

     She met Louis Henry Hausmann and they married on May 8, 1952. She continued to work at the hospital until they had their first child. She remained as a stay-at-home mother until after having their fifth child.

     In 1960 she started work at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute and completed 25 years of service retiring in 10/1/85. 

     She liked visiting with the family, cooking, cleaning, and enjoyed caring for her yard and gardens. Ruth loved her cats and dogs; they always had one of each. She was entertained by their playfulness and love for each other; she took care of them like little children. They took many vacations to their favorite locations in the Black Hills including Yellowstone. She always commented about the beautiful colors found in nature, and all of God’s creatures. 

     After retirement, Ruth and Lou traveled many winters to Florida to visit son Alan (and wife Sharen). She also traveled to Germany to visit daughter Gina and family. They attended the kids and grandkids school events: t-ball, volleyball, basketball and baseball. She volunteered with the Villa Auxiliary for a number of years. Her last years were enjoyed spending time with children and visiting families.

     Ruth lived at the Gardens for six years until she broke her hip around December 2017.  She spent the past two years in the Cherokee Villa, and the Accura of Aurelia.

     Survivors include:

  • Alan and Sharen Hausmann living in Southport, NC

Two step children:  Scott Stone and Todd Stone

  • Louis and Sheree Hausmann living in Cherokee, IA

Their 2 children: Hallie and Abby

Hallie (married to Jeff Salmen) living in Jackson, NE and three children: Emily, Grace and Jacob.

Abby (married to Brandon Virgil) living in Ames, IA and three daughters: Parker, Presley, and Paige

  • LaRae and Ron Dolph living in Nevada, IA
  • Neil Hausmann living in Nevada, IA

His daughter: Holly and her son Jameel

  • Gina and Col George Hucal living in San Antonio, TX

Their 3 children: Gabrielle, Garret, and Gorden

Gabrielle married to Scottie MacLatchie living in Columbia, SC.

     Preceded in death were her parents: Clark and Laurine White, her husband Louis Henry Hausmann, seven brothers: Loy, Arthur, Harvey, Kaye, Clark, Louis (brother), Merl. Three sisters: Opal Reed, Mabel Smith, and Irma Cave.


Tribute Video
Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Mark Stoll
Jeff Salmen
Brandon Virgil
Jacob Salmen
Grace Salmen
Emily Salmen
Garret Hucal

Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Monday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.

Organist- Charlotte Groves
Soloist- Abby  Hausmann-Virgil
Vocalists- IC Funeral Choir
Mt. Calvary Cemetery
Cherokee, Iowa


Monday, December 2, 2019 at 12:38 PM
“Dani and I are sorry to hear of Ruth's passing. We so much enjoyed living next door to her on W Cedar St for those few years. She was a great neighbor and lady. ”
- Scott Weber
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 11:48 AM
“My Grandma and so much more. You are a core to my great childhood memories. You are so strong! I love you!”
- Holly Kauffman
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 2:07 PM
“As a sister of Ruth's daughter-in-law Sheree, I recall a number of holidays Ruth spent with our extended family in Aurelia. I had forgotten that Ruth also came from a family of 11 children; just like our mom. ”
- Merri and Brad Johnson
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 2:07 PM
“Sending thoughts and prayers to all of aunt Ruth’s family as you celebrate her wondrous life. Many fond memories of Ruth and the family albeit when I was very young they are still very alive in my heart. Blessed be thou art,
Tait and Liz Smith”
- Tait Smitj
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 2:07 PM
“Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. I am so sorry for your loss. ”
- Jessica Greene
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 2:07 PM
“I'm honored to have known this lady...She had a heart of Gold...Very hard worker and kind...I meet her at MHI when I started working there...she worked right beside you no matter what job had to be done...We were all treated equal...This world will miss this Wonderful Lady...”
- carol Fiser
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 2:07 PM
“LeRae, Our condolences for the passing of your Mother. Lin-Da and Paul Stougard”
- LinDa Stougard
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 2:07 PM
“Ruth was a wonderful person and a fantastic nurse. She was a hard worker and not afraid to get her hands dirty. It was my honor to know and work with her.”
- Linda Stilley
Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 5:10 PM
“I was blessed by Ruth at the Gardens and she was a beautiful adopted Grandma to my kids and myself. We loved our times together and praying for all of her family during this difficult time.”
- Karmen Hodgdon
Friday, November 1, 2019 at 2:14 PM
“I first met Ruth at Chrrolee Mental Health Institute. She was a dedicated nurse and hard-working person. And , I might say, feisty. No one lives to 96 years without some of that, too.”
- Linda Romero and family
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