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Ruth Schafbuch named Iowa Master Farm Homemaker

September 14, 2011
Dysart Reporter

Ruth Schafbuch of Dysart has been named an Iowa Master Farm Homemaker by Wallaces Farmer magazine. She joins three other farm homemakers who were recognized during ceremonies in Des Moines on September 9. The other recipients are Donna Amundson, Larabee; Mary Lou Bradley, Dubuque; and Mary Woudstra, Hospers. Wallaces Farmer has been a sponsor of the Iowa Master Farm Homemaker Award since 1940. The honor recognizes these women for their fine work with their families, homes and community service. Since the program was started in 1928, the Iowa chapter has had a total of 328 members and four honorary members and belongs to a national organization made up of award winners from many states. Iowa MFH award recipients have a lot to be proud of. In the early years of their marriage, Ruth was the "gofer", bookkeeper, cook and raised the children. In the late 80s when the children were in high school, she became very involved in feeding and caring for feeder cattle and running the combine during harvest. Managing about 1,500 acres at one time, Ruth and Al are now semi-retired, living in Dysart and farming 50 acres. Ruth still inputs all the data for farm records and also maintains numerous flower beds at the farm and in town. Both are active members of the Dysart United Methodist Church. Ruth taught Sunday School for 23 years and now substitutes. She serves on the altar guild and co-chairs a group that serves meals for funerals and other events. When their two children were in school, Ruth and Al were involved in the Union School District, serving on the parent's board, swim team board, scout leaders and parents booster club. Ruth was involved with 4-H for about 20 years, serving as leader of the Monroe Happy Hustlers 4-H club for 13 years. She was twice selected as an Outstanding Benton County 4-H leader. In other activities, Ruth is active in the La Maison Women's Club, Dysart Garden Club, Canton Homemaker Farm Bureau Women's Club and Tama County Republican Women's Club. She also serves as secretary of the Dysart Community Foundation, treasurer of the Rampton Cemetery Association, and has served on the Dysart Historical Society Board. Ruth also served as secretary of both the Benton County Board of Adjustments, and the Benton County Conservation Nature Center new building committee. Both Ruth and Al are active in the Benton County Farm Bureau. Ruth was named Outstanding Farm Woman of the Year by the Iowa Farm Bureau. Al and Ruth have two grown children. Brad and his wife Sandra live and work in Chicago and are expecting the first grandchild. Daughter Deb and her husband Jason (Rinz) teach in Paris, Mo.



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