RUTH M. KIERETA, nee Bean, age 92, of Downers Grove

Written by Brust Funeral Home on January 26th, 2011

RUTH M. KIERETA, nee Bean, age 92, of Downers Grove, formerly of Lombard, died January 24 at Fairview Baptist Home, Downers Grove, Illinois.

Funeral Service will be held Saturday, January 29 with Mrs. Kiereta Lying-In-State from 10 AM to time of Service at 11:30 AM at Lombard Mennonite Church, Lombard.  Interment will be at Chapel Hill Gardens West, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.

Mrs. Kiereta is survived by her daughter, Margaret ‘Meg” Kadzik of Lisle; two (2) grandchildren, Daniel Matthew Kadzik of Lisle, and Amber Rose (Jake) Riley of Lisle; two (2) great-grandchildren, Nikalette Riley of Lisle, and James Riley of Lisle; her sister, Hilda Helmuth of Canada; and her sister-in-law, Lillian Bean of Petersboro, Canada; and many other relatives.

Mrs. Kiereta is preceded in death by her husband, Matthew A.; and her brother, Gordon Bean, who died the same day as she in Canada.

Mrs. Kiereta was born in Canada and was a 1938 graduate of Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate High School.  She received her Teaching Certificate in 1939 from Stratford Normal School.  Mrs. Kiereta received her BA from Goshan College in Indiana in 1947.  She went from Canada to China and was a Missionary in China from 1947 until 1949 when she was deported by the Communists.  Mrs. Kiereta then served as a Missionary in Japan from 1949 to 1956, coming to Chicago in 1957.  Mrs. Kiereta was a resident of Lombard since 1975 and was a member of the Lombard Mennonite Church.  She was a retired Editorial Assistant and had worked for CCH Inc. and had worked there from 1957 to 1961 and 1977 to 1988.

Memorials to Lombard Mennonite Church, 528 E. Madison, Lombard, IL 60148, or Alzheimer’s Association, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Chicago, IL 60631.

Arrangements made by Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard. For more info. call 1-888-629-0094 or


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