Ruth Anne Petrak


Ruth Anne Petrak, spouse of Rev. Ronald Petrak, passed away on Friday, September 15, 2023. 

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

Rev. Petrak served Chariton; Des Moines, Christ; Renwick; Program Council Staff, Iowa Annual Conference; Dayton-Harcourt; Red Oak, First; Rock Rapids; Rockwell City; and West Des Moines (Assoc.). He retired in 1998.

Survivors include her husband, Rev. 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; and one great-grandchild.

A full obituary may be found at Hamilton's Funeral Home.

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

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