Ruth R. Druse, 89, formerly of Richfield Springs, Cooperstown and Bemus Point, N.Y. died Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
She was born July 31, 1923, in Springfield, N.Y., the daughter of the late Ward and Lena Eckler Rathbun.
Ruth was a graduate of Cobleskill College and Oneonta State Teachers College. For 20 years, she taught second grade at Mount Markem Central School in West Winfield, N.Y. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Richfield Springs and volunteered at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown. Ruth was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her family was of the utmost importance.
Surviving are two daughters: Sylvia Derrick of Amelia Island, Fla., and Cynthia (Daniel) Strafel of Alpharetta, Ga.; a son, Thomas (Jeanne) Druse of Rock Hill, N.Y.; seven grandchildren: Mitchell (Joelle) Derrick, Stacey (Alec) Huff, Bradley (Laurin) Derrick, Loring (George) Esch, Eric (Shelby) Strafel, Alicia (Ryan) Bonifas and Kristen Druse; nine great-grandchildren: Brynn, Braxton, Taylor, Braden, Bryce, Griffin, Elliot, Koen and Grayson; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Frank (Nancy) Druse; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Albert F. Druse, whom she married Dec. 13, 1944, and who died Aug. 26, 1989; and two brothers: Leon and Gordon Rathbun.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Interment will be in Springfield Center Cemetery.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Ruth at www.lindfuneralhome.com.