Obituaries: Patricia L. Gruwell

OTTUMWA – Patricia L. Gruwell, 61, of Ottumwa died at 7:00 a.m. November 29, 2019 at University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics.

She was born December 30, 1957 in New Jersey to Harold and Harriette Breckenridge. She married Larry Leon Gruwell October 7, 1978.

A 1976 graduate of Cardinal High School, she had worked in a factory in Fairfield for a short time and at Everco for 19 years. Earning a degree in early childcare from Indian Hills Community College, she worked 14 years in the preschool at Indian Hills Community College and 7 years at Patty’s Preschool.

She had been a member of Agency United Methodist Church and The Bridge Church where she taught Sunday School.  She was a scout leader and enjoyed reading, swimming and crafts. She especially enjoyed spending time with her granddaughters.

Surviving is her husband, Larry; two sons, Zach Gruwell (Mandi Dolgner) of Lone Tree and Zeth Gruwell of Ottumwa; three grandchildren, Sean O’Grady, Zara Lynn Gruwell, Zoe Belle Gruwell; a sister, Joy; many cousins including Linda Rowe.

She was preceded in death by her parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Rev. Henry and Ardes Gruwell; a sister-in-law, Carolyn; and her cat, Gabe.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Marty Schmidt officiating.  Burial will be in Fiedler Cemetery.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday with the family present from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.