CEDAR RAPIDS — Margaret A. Zaruba, 93, of Columbus died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at Columbus Community Hospital.
Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids with the Rev. Vern Olson officiating and military honors at Sunset Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at Gass Haney Funeral Home in Columbus and Monday starting at 10 a.m. at the church with a prayer service at 10:45 a.m.
Memorials may be directed to the United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids or Sunset Cemetery.
Margaret A. Zaruba was born on the family farm near Cedar Rapids on June 20, 1919, to Gilbert and Emmaline (Peterson) Cox. Margaret attended District 15 Grade School and graduated from Cedar Rapids High School in 1937. She then attended Chillicothe Business College in Chillicothe, Mo. She returned to Cedar Rapids and began working at the bank.
On Sept. 1, 1943, Margaret entered the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. She served in the South Pacific and attained the rank of master sergeant. She was honorably discharged on Sept. 22, 1945.
On April 7, 1947, Margaret was united in marriage to Thomas Zaruba in St. Edward. They moved to Fullerton for a short time and then to Cedar Rapids and in 1952 moved to a farm near Cedar Rapids. They farmed their entire lives where Margaret helped on the farm and raised their three sons.
Margaret moved to Columbus in 2005. She served on committees at church, was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and served on the school board and was president of the bank from 1969 to 1983. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, playing computer games and e-mailing her family and friends.
Margaret is survived by son Gilbert (Karen) Zaruba of Columbus, son David (Nancy) Zaruba of Norfolk, son Samuel (Geraldine) Zaruba of Wood River; five grandchildren, Tammy (Dave) Janvrin of Lunenburg, Mass., Beverly (Robert) Uchtman of Omaha, Daniel (Mandi) Zaruba of Brighton, Colo., Barbara (Kody) Knopik of Grand Island, Adam (fincee Sara) Zaruba of Columbas; five great-grandchildren, Ava and Alex Uchtman, Korbyn Zaruba, Konner Knopik, Jack Janvrin; brother Edwin “Bud” Cox of Columbus, sister-in-law Rita Zaruba of Fullerton; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Margaret was preceded in death by parents Gilbert and Emmaline Cox, husband Thomas Zaruba, brother William (Dorothy) Cox, brother Maurice (Marjorie) Cox, sister Betty Cox, one infant brother.
Condolences may be sent to www.gasshaney.com.