Obituary: Deloras Ruplinger


Funeral services and Mass of Christian Burial for Deloras M. Ruplinger, 96, of Davenport were held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 26, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Davenport. Burial was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport.  Visitation was held Thursday from 4 until 6 p.m. at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, with a time of sharing at 6 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Anthony’s Church for Masses to be offered for the deceased members of the Ruplinger family.

Deloras died Sunday, May 21, 2023, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, surrounded by family.

Deloras M. Kraklio was born on July 15, 1926, on the family farm in rural Scott County, one of 12 children born to Earl and Amanda (Klindt) Kraklio.  She was united in marriage to Norman Ruplinger on Aug. 2, 1947, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Davenport. Norman preceded her in death on May 10, 1999.

Deloras taught in the Muscatine, Blue Grass, and Davenport Community School Districts.  She retired in 1988 from the Math Department at Bettendorf Middle School. 

Those left to cherish Deloras’ memory are her children: Dale (Linda) Ruplinger, Bettendorf, Steve (Nam) Ruplinger, Jacksonville, Fla., Dan (Cindy) Ruplinger, Coal Valley, and Jerry (Gigi) Ruplinger, Bettendorf; many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, siblings: Gary (Kaye) Kraklio and Sharon Grunder; sisters-in-law, Sandy and Joan Kraklio; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughters, Carol DiLello, Mary Hunt; son-in-law, Willie Hunt; siblings: Eleanor Arp Moeller (Edwin and Harold), Ruth (Melvin) Paustian, Marion (Willis) Kappeler, Phyllis (William) Kappeler, Patricia Kraklio, Jacqueline (Ralph) Telsrow, Earl Kraklio, Kenneth (Jean) Kraklio, and Darius Kraklio; and a brother-in-law, Jim Grunder.  May they rest in peace.

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