In loving memory of

Mary Ellen Ruggeberg
March 8, 1952 - September 11, 2021

Mary Ellen Ruggeberg, 69, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and formerly of Delmar, Iowa, passed away on Saturday morning, September 11, 2021, at Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport, Iowa.

A memorial service celebrating Mary's life will be held at 11 A.M., Monday, September 20, 2021, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. There is no visitation. Burial will be at a later date.

Mary Ellen Wallace was born on March 8, 1952 in Iowa, to Elden and Edna (Cook) Wallace. She was a 1970 graduate of Delwood High School. She married Ronald E. Ruggeberg on January 31, 1971 in Delmar, Iowa. Two children were born to this union, Daniel and Jeff.

Mary had worked as a waitress at Michel's Truck Stop in Maquoketa from 1980 to 1987 and from 2000 to 2010 she had been a Sunday country deliverer person for the Quad City Times Newspaper.

Mary enjoyed listening to music, playing music on her organ, and watching old western movies. She participated in a flea market every year in Thomsen, Illinois, was a hobby farmer, and owned and loved pets, especially her two dogs Sarah and JoJo.

Those left to honor her memory include her children, Daniel (Boualoun "Loun") Ruggeberg of Rochester, MN, and Jeff Ruggeberg of Rochester, MN; 3 grandchildren, Nakiya, Tierra & Jozee; a sister, Debra Bagley of PA; and brothers, Roger (Maty) Wallace of VA, Billy Wallace of AZ, and David (Diana) Wallace of DeWitt, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Ronald on February 19, 2013.

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David Washburn wrote on Sep 20, 2021:

"I am so sorry for the loss of Mary. I graduated with her at Delwood and was fortunate enough to visit with her just a few weeks ago. She has always been a wonderful person and the world will miss her. I had hoped to be there today for the memorial service but I came down with a cold. I will be praying for her family."

Cindy wrote on Sep 19, 2021:

"My sympathy to the family. I will miss visiting with her at Walmart. She was a wonderful lady."

Diane Weideman wrote on Sep 16, 2021:

"To Mary's family, I am so sorry for your loss. Mary and I were friends when I lived in Delmar. I admit I haven't seen her since I moved to Davenport but still have fond memories of her. Diane Weideman"

Brenda Parsons wrote on Sep 16, 2021:

"My heart is full. My love is deep. My lungs are full of life. My body is free from the rife. I love you all on this night. Written by Brenda Parsons "

Lona Platner wrote on Sep 15, 2021:

"Bill and David, I am so sorry for your loss."

Sharon Kleppe wrote on Sep 15, 2021:

"I am so sad that I did not get to say goodbye. I enjoy the memories that I have of the time we spent together. "

Darlene M Lewis wrote on Sep 15, 2021:

"I worked with Mary at Michel's Truck Stop, was a friend. I moved away and lost touch. Sorry to hear this, Prayers for family and friends."

Sue Van Buer wrote on Sep 15, 2021:

"My sympathy to Dan & Jeff. I met Mary (and you) in my salon many years ago--she was always good for a story and a laugh. I am so sorry for your loss."

Connie Hute wrote on Sep 14, 2021:

"To Mary Ellen?s family; prayers and hope for God?s intervention providing comfort during this difficult time! To Roger and his family I?m sort we have lost contact through the years! Although we have stayed here for the most part in Iowa itself Hope you and yours are well. Blessings to all of you! "

Gay Storlie wrote on Sep 13, 2021:

"Heart felt condolences to Mary?s family. I first met Mary when we worked at MaryAnn Michels truck stop, here in Maquoketa "

Patsy beidler wrote on Sep 13, 2021:

"Sorry for the loss of your mom Danny and Jefff,take care"