Grace Ball, age 95, of Delano, formerly of Jackson, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Waconia, from complications of a broken hip.
She was born Nov. 15, 1917, in Jackson, the daughter of Albert and Anna (Kalash) Vitha.
Grace attended country school in Hunter Township at District 65. After her graduation, she helped on the family farm and did housework for families.
Grace was united in marriage to Virgil “Bud” Ball Nov. 29, 1939, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, IA. They farmed in Middletown Township until their retirement in 1983, when they moved into Jackson.
Bud passed away March 23, 2001. Grace continued to make her home in Jackson; she then became a resident of the Jackson Pines until she moved to the Legacy Assisted Living in Delano.
As a member of the United Methodist Church in Jackson, Grace had been a member of the Faith Circle. She had also been a member of the Middletown Get-Together Club for 50 years, and a member of the VFW Auxiliary.
Grace had an extensive collection of bells and dolls, which she had acquired from her many trips, and from family and friends. She loved to play cards and dance, enjoyed spending time in her flower gardens, and traveling. Grace particularly enjoyed being surrounded by her grandchildren.
She is survived by her four children, Dennis (Sharon) Ball of Savage, Douglas (Sally) Ball of Bloomington, Gary (Bea) Ball of Delano, and Doryne Wendel of Boise, ID; 11 grandchildren, Scott, Lisa, Shane, Jennifer, Jon, Charles, Dana, Angie, Kevin, Mike, and Amy; 27 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter, Savannah Ball; a sister-in-law, Dortha King; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband of 61 years, Bud, Grace was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; and her son-in-law, Roger Wendel.
Funeral services took place Saturday, Feb. 2 at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Jackson with Pastor David Brown officiating. Interment followed in the Riverside Cemetery, Jackson.
Visitation was Friday, Feb. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Osterberg Funeral Home in Jackson, and continued Saturday one hour prior to t he service at the church.
Arrangements were handled by Osterberg Funeral Home in Jackson.