Joan (Rutledge) Smith

June 29, 1930 ~ August 21, 2019 (age 89)


Joan (Mrs. Fred) Smith, 89, of DeWitt, Iowa, died early Wednesday morning, August 21, 2019, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.

Joan Rutledge Smith was born June 29, 1930, in Clinton to Ralph and Susan (Mosher) Rutledge.  She was graduate of Clinton High School.  Joan married Fred Smith, September 2, 1951, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Grand Mound.  The couple resided in DeWitt where they raised their family.  Joan also worked as a secretary and retail clerk at various DeWitt businesses. 

She was a longtime and active member of Grace Lutheran Church, DeWitt and Grace Lutheran Women.  She served her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as librarian and recording financial secretary and volunteered in many other ways.  Joan also belonged to Ci-Ed Women's Federated Club.  She knitted hundreds of baby caps for the hospitals over the years.  Joan enjoyed reading, flowers and attending her grandchildren's activities.   

Surviving are her husband of nearly 68 years, Fred; children, Craig Smith of DeWitt and Susan (Brian) Klever of Long Grove; grandchildren, Melanie (Curt) Westphal, Nick (Amy VenHorst) Smith, Melissa (Jeremy) Klingaman, Emily (Bill) Gronewold, Matt (Robyn) Klever, Andrew Klever and Laura Klever; great-grandchildren, Dylan and Hudson Westphal, Kailynn, Liam, Ryland and Harper Klingaman, Jase and Jaxon Gronewold, Tayton, Kyson Meyer and Archer Klever; nieces and nephews.

Preceding Joan in death were her parents; a son, Dean; a brother, Harold Rutledge and a sister, Zeta Seymour.

The family will receive relatives and friends at Grace Lutheran Church, DeWitt from 9:30 until 10:45 a.m. Saturday, August 24, 2019.  A Service of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday in the church with the Rev. Eric Obermann and the Rev. Robert Bartel officiating.  Interment will be at Clinton Lawn Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to Grace Lutheran Church or Bethesda Lutheran Communities.

The family would like to thank all those who helped with Joan's caregiving in the last few years.

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Arrangements are in the care of Schultz Funeral Home, DeWitt.


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August 24, 2019

9:30 AM to 10:45 AM
Grace Lutheran Church (Clinton Lawn Cemetery)

Service of Christian Burial
August 24, 2019

11:00 AM
Grace Lutheran Church (Clinton Lawn Cemetery)

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