Fonda Pearle (Rinard) Tribby, 87, went to be with her Lord and Savior Sept. 19, 2012, at her home, Fox 1 Kennedy, Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. Following cremation, a celebration of her life will be held Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at the Iowa Veterans Home in the 'Copper Kettle' from noon until 5 p.m. There will be a Memorial Service held in the Chapel at 4 p.m. A private family burial with full Military Honors will be held at a later date at the Eden Cemetery in Rhodes. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Fonda's honor at P.O. Box 262, Melbourne, IA, 50162. Contributions will go towards a memorial in her name.
Fonda was born Oct. 24, 1924, on the Erv Good Farm, Collins Township, Story County, southwest of Rhodes. She was the daughter of Francis Wesley and Vallie Pearle (Hoy) Rinard. Fonda graduated from Rhodes High School, Class of 1943. She entered and served her Country as a U.S. Navy, Wave Petty Officer 2nd Class, from Oct. 22, 1944, to Nov. 10, 1945. She married Carroll Amos Tribby, her hometown sweetheart on Aug. 13, 1945, at the First United Methodist Church in Marshalltown. They were both serving in the United States Armed Services when on 'leave' they decided to get married in Marshalltown. Fonda was in the Navy and Carroll was in the Army. They returned to Rhodes after their Military terms were up. They lived in the Marshall and Jasper County areas all of their lives. Fonda was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was a housewife, factory-worker, Nurses-Aide and worked as an Insurance Claims Agent for Blue Cross and Blue Shield Insurance Company before retiring in 1982. She loved to plant flowers, trees and bushes. She loved to gather wild flower seeds from the timbers and plant them everywhere so that others could enjoy their beauty. When springtime came she would go out into the timbers to find those 'yummy' morel mushrooms. In the fall it was time to pick apples and gather in hickory and walnut nuts. She would bake applesauce nut cake that would melt in your mouth.
Fonda is survived by her four children: Shirley (Rod) Phillips, Carroll (Laura) Tribby, Eleanor Murphy and Clifford (Connie) Tribby. nine grandchildren: Kerry Yocum, Deborah (Chad) Clark, Julie (Mark) Lamer, Susan (Casey) Schutterle, Shari (Fred) Bowers, Angela Stouffer, Adam (Brittany) Murphy, Christopher (Kendra) Tribby, Casey Tribby. 13 great grandchildren: Jesse, Jacob, Joshua, Alexa, Alexandra, Kaitlyn, Zachary, Devin, Devon, Alainia, Camryn, Dallas and Caeden; brother Leon Rinard, of Abilene, Texas; sister Leona Bickle, of Newton; a very special cousin (which she considered one of her daughters), Becky Mathes and so many of her friends at the Iowa Veterans Home.
Preceding her in death was her loving husband Carroll; her parents Francis Wesley and Vallie Rinard and brother Harold Rinard.