Iris Jane Bouska Ridenbaugh, age 91, of Walnut Creek, formerly of Freeport, New Philadelphia, and Warsaw died at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 11, 2022 in Walnut Hills Nursing Home in Walnut Creek, Ohio following a short illness.
Born April 16, 1931 in Morristown, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Dennis Blake Gatten and Martha Jane Sells Gatten.
Jane graduated from St. Clairsville High School in 1949 and attended one year of technical college.
On May 4, 1951, Jane married Andy Bouska. Together they owned and operated a dairy farm on Freeport-Piedmont Road, Freeport for many years and also owned B&B Tractor Sales, Inc. of Tippecanoe for several years. Andy died March 13, 1986.
Jane was a former advisor of the Harrison County Blue Ribbon General 4-H Club, Freeport from 1967 to 1971. Moving to New Philadelphia in 1989, she continued to be active square dancing with the Star Promenaders and the Nuhall Dancers of New Philadelphia. Jane was also employed as a secretary of the Tuscarawas County YMCA and the Tuscarawas County Social Security office before retiring. She enjoyed sewing, baking (especially nut rolls) and loved tending her flower gardens, especially her roses.
Surviving are three children: Sandra Scott of Sugarcreek, Linda (Tom) Fisher of Tippecanoe, and Larry (Maggie) Bouska of Piedmont; a daughter-in-law: Kathy Bouska of Scio; a brother David (Marlene) Gatten of Morristown; two sisters: Martha Faye Wells of Barnesville, Sharon (Gene) Magnani of Belmont; nine grandchildren: Christopher (Laura Beth) Scott of Mineral City, Brian (Heather) Scott of Dover, Lisa Hawkins of New Philadelphia, Craig Bouska of Columbus, Erin Copeland of Freeport, Andi (Ethan) Bardall of Freeport, Jessica Bouska of Columbus, Jason (Missy) Bouska of Newcomerstown, and Rick Scott of Holloway; twelve great-grandchildren: Clayton Scott, Kayla Scott, Karlie Copeland, Keira Copeland, Gauge Singhaus. Kolby Copeland, Jason Bouska, Jacob Bierly, Jayden Bardall, Maddie Adams, Brennen Adams.
In addition to her parents and first husband, Andy Bouska and her second husband, Ernest L. Ridenbaugh; she was preceded in death by three sisters: Virginia Welsh, Rose Rachetta, and Helen Poland; a son, Gary Bouska; a son-in-law, Richard Scott; a daughter-in-law, Diane Bouska; and a great-granddaughter, Athena Bardall.
Visitation will be held in Koch Funeral Home, 216 S High Street, Freeport from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Friday, October 14, 2022 with a graveside services and burial following in Greenmont Union Cemetery, Freeport with Pastor David Koch officiating.
The family would like to give a special thank you to the staff at Walnut Hills Nursing Home for their care and kindness.
Koch Funeral Home, 216 S High Street, Freeport was entrusted with Jane’s arrangements. Online condolences may be made on the funeral home’s website: www.kochfuneralhome.net
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