Ruth Anne Petrak

January 04, 1934 — September 15, 2023

Service Details

Ruth Anne Petrak, age 89, passed away peacefully Friday, September 15, 2023, at Oldorf Hospice House in Hiawatha, Iowa.

Ruth Anne was born January 4, 1934, in Des Moines, Iowa to Howard Norval Beard and Helene Ruth (Elliott) Beard. She lived in a number of places in Iowa including Dayton, Red Oak, Rock Rapids, and Rockwell City, before settling again in Des Moines where she remained for the final 24 years of her life.

Ruth Anne graduated from North High School in 1952 and then earned her Bachelor’s degree from Drake University. She raised four children with her first husband and was an active member of Epworth United Methodist Church for many years. Later, she married Ronald Dean Petrak and their love for each other was and is unparalleled. She had a sharp mind and worked as a reporter for The Des Moines Register and Tribune. She also worked as a curriculum writer and did free-lance work. She enjoyed her involvement with Hawthorn Hill Ministries and was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. She was a part of the American Association of University Women, United Methodist Women, and the Methodist Federation for Social Action.

She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Ronald D. Petrak; children, Kenneth Brown (Denise), Louise Rhode (Scott), Keith Brown (Diane), and Philip Brown (Kris); stepchildren, Mary Petrak, Keith Petrak, and Mark Petrak (Liz); ten grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and other extended family and friends.

Ruth Anne was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Helene Beard, and her stepson John Petrak.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, September 22, 2023, at Hamilton's Funeral Home, 605 Lyon Street Des Moines, IA 50309. Funeral service will begin at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 23, 2023, at Grace United Methodist Church, 3700 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311, with interment to follow at Berwick Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to Ron. They will be distributed among the American Association of University Women, United Methodist Women, Methodist Federation for Social Action, and Oldorf Hospice House in Hiawatha.

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