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Rutz, Ildiefontz Watson, 1896
 
    Died February 24, 1981

Ildiefontz was born October 24, 1896, in Burr Oak to Frank J. and Mary Pyle Watson. A 1915 graduate of Albion High School, she attended Albion College In 1918 she received a life teaching certificate from Western Normal College in Kalamazoo and began working as an elementary teacher in the Albion Public Schools.

In 1935, Ildiefontz earned a B.A. from Western Michigan State Teacher’s College, and in 1940, a master’s degree from the University of Michigan. She served as a critic teacher for Albion College and as principal of Washington Gardner Elementary School. Ildiefontz retired from the Albion Public Schools in 1956, after 38 years of service.

In 1921, Ildiefontz married Julius F. Rutz. The Rutzes lived on the former Jule-Acres farm on Irwin Avenue after 1946. Later, they moved to 406 East Erie, renting out apartments at 406 1/2 and 404 East Erie. She kept her shotgun from the farm for protection, but fortunately never found a need to use it. Julius died in 1961.

Ildiefontz was a member of the First MethodistChurch, the Michigan Education Association, the Albion College and University of Michigan Alumni Associations, Pi Lambda Theta honorary society, Alpha Xi Delta Sorority (serving as pledge adviser to the Phi Chapter at Albion College and as alumnae chapter president), the American Legion Auxiliary, the E.L.T. Club and the Order of the Eastern Star, of which she was worthy matron in 1949.

Ildiefontz collected antique glass and china, coins and stamps. A robust and healthy woman, she enjoyed life. Ildiefontz died February 24, 1981, at the age of 84.

Source: Albion Public Library, Local History Room

From: Albion AAUW. Some Notable Women of the Albion Area. Albion, Michigan: American Association of University Women. 1998.

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