The Runge Mortuary & Crematory

838 East Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA


Helen Marie Zaruba

July 15, 1932June 27, 2020

Helen Marie Zaruba, 87, of Davenport joined her husband hours after his passing, on Saturday, June 27th 2020. A funeral service will be held at the Runge Mortuary, Davenport, on Wednesday, July 1, at 10:00 a.m. with burial in Mayflower Cemetery, Oxford Junction , Iowa. Visitation will be held at the Mortuary on Tuesday, June 30, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Online condolences may be expressed at www.therungemortuary.com.

Helen was born in Independence IA., on July 15th 1932 to Albert and Ester (Roster) Marter. She met the love of her life Glenn Dale Zaruba while working at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa and they later wed on March 29th, 1952 in Wyoming IA. Together they spent 68 years in marital bliss. Helen also worked at her father’s Mobil gas station in Oxford Junction, IA.

Helen’s world revolved around her family, any time spent with them was deeply cherished. She especially loved spending time with all her grandchildren. When she wasn’t spending time with family Helen enjoyed crocheting, baking family wedding cakes, Blue Grassing with her husband and camping.

Those left to cherish her memory are her sons, Rodney (the late Janie) Zaruba of Fairhope, AL, Duretta (the late David) Zaruba of Davenport, IA. and Gary (Pam) Zaruba of Davenport; sister-in-law, LaDonna (the late Lyle) Marter of Vinton, IA., six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, ten step-great-grandchildren, and eight great-great- grandchildren.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, loving husband; son, David; daughter, Glenda; brothers, Otto Marter, Lyle Marter; and sister Mary Raines.


  • Glenn Zaruba, Husband (deceased)
  • Albert Marter, Father (deceased)
  • Ester (Roster) Marter, Mother (deceased)
  • Rodney Zaruba (the late Janie), Son
  • Duretta Zaruba (the late David), Daughter in law
  • Gary Zaruba (Pam), Son
  • LaDonna Marter (the late Lyle), Sister-in-law
  • David Zaruba, Son (deceased)
  • Glenda Zaruba, Daughter (deceased)
  • Otto Mater, Brother (deceased)
  • Lyle Marter, Brother (deceased)
  • Mary Raines, Sister (deceased)
  • Helenalso leaves behind six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, ten step-great-grandchildren, and eight great-great grandchildren to cherish his memory.

  • Tyler Zaruba
  • Blake Zaruba
  • Andy Meckley
  • Steve Fuhlaman
  • Aalilyah Zaruba
  • Christy Zaruba
  • Chad Zaruba
  • Tim Zaruba


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

  • Funeral Services

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020


Helen Marie Zaruba

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Aaliyah Zaruba

June 28, 2020

Thank you so much for being such an amazing woman. I will love you until my last breath & far beyond. You were so strong. Also, the best great grandma a girl could ever dream of.