Obituary Listings

Five generations of family serving families since 1907.
Ruth Greenwald
There are condolences waiting approval on Ruth's Tribute wall
Obituary for Ruth Greenwald

Ruth Greenwald, age 90, died on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at her residence in Beebe Hall of the Mayflower Community in Grinnell.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 5, 2018, in the Carman Center of the Mayflower Community, 600 Park Street in Grinnell. A reception will follow the service.

Memorials may be designated to the Mayflower Community Human Needs Fund and mailed in care of the Smith Funeral Home, PO Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa 50112. Memories and condolences may be shared with Ruth’s family online at

Dorothy Ruth Greenwald was born on July 6, 1927, in New Hampton, Iowa, the daughter of William Geyer Greenwald and Lois (Raffety) Greenwald. Ruth attended Chester Township schools, grades 1-6, and Grinnell Public Schools, grades 7-12. She graduated from Grinnell High School in 1944 and from Grinnell College with a BA degree in 1948. In 1952 she received her MS degree from the University of Iowa.

Ruth devoted her life to education and had taught high school mathematics for 44 years. She was an educator in the Newton Public Schools from 1948-1950, the University of Iowa Lab School while acquiring her MS from 1950-1952, Highland Park High School in Illinois from 1952-1965, Iowa City High School from 1965-1968, West High School in Iowa City from 1968-1992. Following her retirement, Ruth moved to Grinnell in 1999 and has resided at the Mayflower Community.

Ruth was a member of the First Baptist Church in Grinnell, Delta Kappa Gamma, several book clubs, Sit ‘n Knit, and was active on several committees at the Mayflower Community. She enjoyed traveling, and her fondest memories were walking the countryside in England with Stan and Gail in 1992 and later traveling to Nova Scotia in 1997 and Elderhostel England in 1998.

Ruth is survived by her brother, Stanley W. (Gail) Greenwald of Grinnell; and three generations of nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents in 1989 and by her brother, Raffety Greenwald, in the polio epidemic of 1940.

To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Ruth Greenwald, please visit our Tribute Store.

Previous Events

memorial service




2:00 PM
Carman Center of the Mayflower Community

600 Park Street
Grinnell, Iowa 50112





3:00 PM
Carman Center of the Mayflower Community

600 Park Street
Grinnell, Iowa 50112

Cemetery Details


Hazelwood Cemetery

West First Avenue, Grinnell, IA 50112


Create new album
Subscribe To Obituaries

We appreciate your support
In accordance with the wishes of the family, this
message has been declined.
Ruth Greenwald

Thank you for sharing your
memory of Ruth

Provide comfort by sending fresh
flowers from our local florist.

Send Flowers
No thanks, please don't show me this again.