Cary, NC
Ursula Tomczak Ruba, age 81 died Sunday (November 14, 2010) at her residence following a hard fought battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Wednesday at Pittsboro Seventh-day Adventist Church where she was an active member. Pastor Glen Garver will officiate. Burial will follow in Apex Cemetery.
Born in Neuendorf Germany, she was the second daughter of Walter and Emma Tomczak and a life long Seventh-day Adventist. After finishing basic education Ursula got a job at an electro company where she learned to do technical drafting. In 1949 she marrried Walter Ruba. As refugees they saw no future in Germany and applied for immigration visas to the United States. In 1953 a farmer in Camino, California, sponsored their trip to their new homeland. They worked together for 5 years on the farm and fruit orchard.
After their work in California they moved Memphis, TN. In 1968 they where called to mission service in South Africa. During this time Ursula stayed at home to care for their children. After nine years of mission service in Africa the Ruba's were called to Canada. While in Oshawa, Canada she worked 10 years full time in the bindery and shipping department at the SDA publishing house.
In 1990 the Ruba's retired and moved to Cary, NC to be closer to their son and his family. Ursula loved her new home and enjoyed working in her yard. She planted flowers, selected fruit trees and planted a vegetable garden. In the house she had no idle hands and was experienced in sowing, quilting, painting and making all kind of art work for the home. She also gave countless items away as gifts.
In addition to her husband of 62 years Walter, she is survived by: a daughter, Karin von Maltitz and husband, Eddie of South Africa; a son, Norbert Ruba and wife Lizbeth of Cary, NC; a son Gary Ruba and wife, Janelle of Martinville, IN, a sister, Isle Tomczak of Cary, NC, Christa Wegener of Hamburg, Germany; eight grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Tuesday at Apex Funeral Home.
Online condolesences may be made at: www.PinesFunerals.com


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  1. Ursula and Walter have been wonderful friends.
    we will miss Ursula. I think of a fitting text.
    Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His
    saints. Ps 116:15 ("Because they are sealed for eternal life. Perry & Gloria Park

  2. Ursula and Walter have been wonderful friends.
    we will miss Ursula. I think of a fitting text.
    Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His
    saints. Ps 116:15 ("Because they are sealed for eternal life. Perry & Gloria Park

  3. Ursula and Walter have been wonderful friends.
    we will miss Ursula. I think of a fitting text.
    Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His
    saints. Ps 116:15 ("Because they are sealed for eternal life. Perry & Gloria Park

  4. We pray that you will all be comforted as you lay your precious wife — mother and grandmother to rest. How wonderful to look back on memories to sustain you at this time. We know that when the Lord comes – there will be a joyous reunion again. Many bless

  5. Gary and family, I’m sorry to hear of your loss. I remember both of your parents as being very nice people. May God comfort you, Gigi Rebsomen

  6. Mrs. Ruba always made it a joy to go over to "Karin’s house" when they lived in Nashville. She was warm and welcoming and baked the best cake I have ever tasted. Her cakes always brought the highest price at school auctions but she would just sm

  7. grandma i really miss you… i know that i never really saw you but i just wish that u were still here… i miss your good cooking, and the way that you would hug us kids like we were the most important thing in the world… i just wish that you were here

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