obit: Ruby Lala Kruppa
RUBY LALA KRUPPA
DACOSTA - Ruby Lala Kruppa was born on March 27,1922 to Joe and Annie Shiller Lala at the family farm in DaCosta. She passed away on August 24, 2012 at the age of 90 at her family home of 56 years. She will always be remembered for her love of her family.
She is survived by her daughters and sons in law, Janice Rice, Shirley and Lawrence Parkan, Beverly and Bill Stern, and Sandy and Les Pittman; her grandchildren and great grandchildren: Elizabeth and Tim Dentler, Cory Dentler, Kristine and Pat Fisseler, Matthew and Andrew Fisseler, Keith Parkan, Kylie, Tyler, and Emily Parkan, Jill and Chris Sills, Hayden, Logan, and Ethan Sills, Betsy and Robby Severance, Kyle and Alice Pittman, Ellie Pittman,Jared Pittman and Leah Laben, Clark Laben-Pittman; her step-grandchildren: Gwen Green, Vicki and Chuck Davis, and Marc and Rosalinda Stern; a large extended family and many friends.
Like most children raised on a farm, Ruby helped with chores and also attended DaCosta and William A. Wood Elementary and High School. At the age of 14, Ruby met Frank Kruppa of Placedo, and after a four year courtship , they were married on February 4, 1941. Together they raised four daughters. As a homemaker, Ruby devoted her time to her husband and daughters, sewing, cooking, and being active in the Nazareth Academy PTA and Piloteers Mothers Club.
Ruby and Frank were charter members of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church. Ruby was a charter member of the Altar Society and remained an active member for almost 50 years, serving as President and later as part of the quilting group. She also was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America.
Frank died in 1969, and a new chapter began in Ruby's life. For 19 years, Ruby worked for Victoria Independent School District as an Instructional Aide in the Special Education Department. Ruby loved these special needs children, and they in turn, loved her.
Since her retirement in 1989, Ruby enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She was present at all the important events in the lives of her grandchildren and their families. Ruby was also blessed to have the presence of her nieces and nephews and their families in her life. Cooking and having special treats for family and friends was her way of making everyone feel happy. Playing Super Canasta with the Senior Circle members was a favorite pastime.
Ruby was preceded in death by her beloved Frank, her parents, sisters Edith Fischer, Leola Kalich, and Ella Arnold, baby sisters Mary and Tillie, son-in-law Del Rice, and great granddaughter Lauren Sills.
Visitation for family and friends will be at Rosewood Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, August 28th, from 5 -7 p.m., followed by a Celebration of her life at 7 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, August 29th, at Our Lady of Victory Cathedral. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Nazareth Academy, Hospice of South Texas, or donor's choice.
Words of comfort may be shared at www.rosewoodfuneralchapel.com.
Published in Victoria Advocate on August 26, 2012