ROCHELLE — Emma Ingrid Gruben, 103, passed away Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the DeKalb Area Retirement Center (Oak Crest). Emma was born Jan. 12, 1910 in Brantwood, Wis., the daughter of John and Edla (Ylkanen) Nyman.
She graduated from DeKalb High School in the class of 1928. Emma married Onno T. Gruben on June 26, 1937 in DeKalb and he preceded her in death on May 20, 2004.
She was employed by the Rudolph Mfg. Company, in DeKalb, Wurlitzer Piano Company, in DeKalb and the Rochelle Savings & Loan as a secretary/bookkeeper.
Emma was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rochelle, President in the BPW and for 50 years a member of a sewing club. She also enjoyed crossword puzzles, Scrabble and reading.
Emma was preceeded in death by one brother, John Nyman; and five sisters, Toini Peterson, Marian Bentz, Jennie Alred, Helen Whitney and Ruth Harlow.
She was survived by one son, David (Susan) Gruben of Denton, Texas; two daughters, Joan (Wayne) Beach of Hot Springs Village, Ark., and Janet (Michael) Jones of Naples, Fla.; six grandchildren, James (Tamra) Beach of Colo., Kathryn (Scott) Schroeder of Texas, Peter Jones of Kansas, Amanda Jones of N.C., Douglas Gruben of Texas, and Chad (Susie) Gruben of Colo.; seven great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Mark and Samuel Schroeder, Samantha Beach, Evalena and Odin Gruben and Annika Emma Gruben.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rochelle. Visitation will be prior to the funeral from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. Burial will be at Lawnridge Cemetery.
The Family requests memorials be given to DeKalb Area Retirement Center.
An online guestbook is available at www.ungerhorner.com.