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I will always remember Mrs. Gruwell with such love for the kindness she showed to our family and for the very important part she played in our lives when my brothers, sisters and I were growing up. We loved her so. My deepest sympathy to the Gruwell family. You are in my thoughts.


Posted by: Kathy Hostetter Richer - West Des Moines, IA   Mar 14, 2016

Lorri and I want to express our deepest sympathies to the Gruwell Family.


Posted by: Richard Wenger - Eldridge, IA   Mar 13, 2016

Melvin & Shelly Gruwell,

Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your mother.

Kevin & Cindy Martin


Posted by: A friend   Mar 11, 2016

My heart goes out to uncle Ralph & family Aunt Bell was a sweet loving lady.


Posted by: Linda Jenkins - Des Moines, IA   Mar 09, 2016

Sharon, I think I went to AIB with you back in the late '60s. I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my own Mom a few years ago (at 92 years old). How blessed we are to have them with us for so long! May God continue to bless you and your family with fond and warm memories of your Mom.
~ Susan (Ervin) Hastie


Posted by: A friend   Mar 09, 2016

Sweet aunt Bell, RIP dear and have loved you all my years. Uncle Ralph I love you and am praying for your strength and peace in the difficult time. May all my family find peace and God Bless you all....


Posted by: David Darr - Des Moines, IA   Mar 09, 2016

Isabelle...An inspiration to all that knew her, as well as to all she met. God's gain, our loss, but we know where she'll spend eternity. Thank you, Ralph, for sharing her with us !

sharon and gene howe


Posted by: gene howe - milo, IA   Mar 08, 2016

Thinking of the family ~ and holding you in my prayers.


Posted by: Linda (Paul) Griffis - Council Bluffs, IA   Mar 08, 2016

I am so sad to hear of Isabelle's passing. I have such fond, fond memories of her. When I was a kid, our family would go to Des Moines to visit her dad, Herman. And of course, we'd see Isabelle and Ruth, too. Isabelle would fix a huge breakfast. I still remember the smell of bacon frying in her kitchen. She was such a lovely person. Rest in peace, Belle.


Posted by: Rod Colvin - Omaha, NE   Mar 07, 2016

It's hard to say good-bye to such a loving and giving Lady. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She has been the Matriarch of our family for a long time. Only prayers will help to heal this hole that has been left in our hearts.


Posted by: Fred & Velda Wenger - Wheatland, IA   Mar 07, 2016