Ruth                      W.
Greece: Monday, December 27, 2010. Ruth died peacefully at home after a brief illness. She loved her family and was never happier than when we were all together. Her favorite pastimes were playing piano and reading. Ruth excelled at teaching and was proud that through her dedicated efforts many adults and children became successful readers. Ruth is predeceased by her husband, Verne and daughter, Judy whom she missed everyday. Ruth is survived by her children, Janet (Bob) Thon, Joan (Glenn) Wilcox, Steven (Sandy) Frank, Ken (Lisa) Frank, Greg (Rebecca) Frank; many grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and faithful friends. The family would like to send special thanks to Dr. Bernard Farnand, for all he is and for all he was to mom. Friends may call Wednesday 10-12 NOON at the Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home 1075 Long Pond Road. Her Funeral Service will follow calling Wednesday at NOON in the funeral home chapel. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse Service in her memory. For more information or to sign Ruth's online guestbook, please visit

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  1. Dear Cousins,
    I have sent a longer message to Joan, but I want you all to know how sorry we were to hear of the passing of Aunt Ruth.
    What a grand lady, devoted mother and wonderful teacher she was!!! Her life was an example for the next generation……and we all remember she was so down to earth and fun to be with as well.
    Please know we are thinking of you all today. Our deepest Sympathy,
    Helen Murphy Poor. cousin, Pete

  2. Dear Greg and Family, Iam so sorry for the loss of your beloved mother. I wish I could do something for you to ease your pain. May you find comfort in your sadness as you remember the beautiful memories that you have , a mothers love is forever. Love Jeanne, Dave Roche and family

  3. How well I remember Aunt Ruth and her visits to my grandmother in Constableville. She was always so kind to everyone. I know she will be missed.

  4. I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength and I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, ‘there, she’s gone.’

    Gone where? Gone from my sight, that is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side, and just as able to bear her load of living weight to the place of destination. Her diminished size is in me, not in her; and just at that moment when someone at my side said ‘there, she’s gone,’ there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices to take the glad shout, ‘there, she’s coming!’ And such is dying.’
    Story Teller’s Scrapbook
    May your family be comforted at this time knowing that your mother fulfilled her full measure of creation; and that when she meets our Heavenly Father he will most likely say ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.

  5. I replaced Ruth, not that she could ever be replaced, when she retired from Hoover Drive Jr. High School. She was a lovely lady, wonderful teacher and mentor. As I write this note, I can hear her distinctive, caring voice reciting her phonics lesson to a child in need of learning how to read. She was a grandma to us all.

  6. Mom died with Janet and myself at her side. We will always be thankful for this opportunity.
    Mom was so happy to come home from the hospital: She smiled from ear to ear and her excitement and joy were contagious.
    Visiting Nurse HOSPICE was wonderful in setting up this homecoming and we ask thet you consider a donation to this organization in lieu of flowers.

  7. My dear friend Ruth was such an interesting and beloved long time friend to me. How we enjoyed playing the piano duets at various nursing homes for years and years; of learning her reading program and passing it on to many school districts, and so many other times. My deepest sympathies to all of her large family. I will miss her. Sincerely and with love, June

  8. Ruth was simply the best damn teacher I ever knew. She was my role model for a 30+ year career in Education.Rest in well-deserved peace with your family.

  9. Ruth, my sister, when young I remember how you made our parents and siblings so proud by your many accomplishments in High School, college, and life.

    Ruth was a brilliant teacher, wife, and mother and a caring family stalwart, encouraging us all.

  10. Thank you for being such a wonderful woman, you set an example for me each and every day of my life. I’ll never forget your beautiful smile, your quick wit and your love.

  11. The beautiful obituary partially captures the essence of this vivacious lady. She contributed so much to the development of her students and others thru her devotion to teaching.

  12. We always enjoyed our visits with Aunt Ruth. She made us feel at home with her warm welcome, interesting conversation, and great sense of humor. Lots of fond memories of her at family events — playing piano and joking around with her brothers and Aunt Emily. She will be missed.

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