Mari E. Ruiz

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Mari Esthela Ruiz, 76, of Waterloo, formerly of Guttenberg, died Wednesday, July 15, at Covenant Medical Center.

Visitation was Friday, July 17, Hagarty – Waychoff – Grarup Funeral Service, Waterloo.

Funeral services were Saturday, July 18, at the funeral home.

Burial was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Mari was born Sept. 18, 1938, in Asuncion, Paraguay, daughter of Pastor and Damiana Barreto Verdun. She married Dr. Raul E. Ruiz on Aug. 11, 1966, in Asuncion, Paraguay.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, Raul A. (Lori) of Hudson and Gerardo (Amelia) of Indianola; five grandchildren, Monica, Trevor, Dillon, Iliana and Kian; and three sisters, Zuni Castillo, Nenu Da Ponte and Cha Cha Verdun, all of Asuncion, Paraguay.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister and a brother.

Memorials may be directed to the Autism Research Foundation,

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