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The Telegram
  • Ruth Meyers

  • Ruth Meyers, 99, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the Siegenthaler Center.

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  • Ruth Meyers, 99, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the Siegenthaler Center.
    Ruth was born on December 31, 1913, in a little border town near the Carpathian Mountains where the present day countries of the Ukraine and Romania meet. With the drums of war building and WWI approaching, she traveled with her parents to the U.S. aboard a tramp steamer in May of 1914. She became a naturalized citizen of the U.S. and grew up in NYC. In the early days she worked as a secretary and legal assistant.
    After a brief courtship she married Meyer Meyers on October 19, 1938. Together they traveled and enjoyed each other’s company until WWII intervened. They had two children, Ellen and Bob in the 1940’s. They raised them well and thanks to Ruth, exposed them to the joys of life outside of the City at an early age. Trips to the Catskills, Adirondacks and national parks soon followed. They camped in a canvas umbrella tent before such things were common. With the seeds thus planted, both children could not wait to leave NYC and did so as soon as they graduated from school. Meanwhile Ruth returned to school, graduating from Brooklyn College with honors. She then worked as a substitute teacher, mostly English, in several schools in Brooklyn and Queens. Faced with her children’s departure from NYC, she, with her husband in tow, soon followed, spending the last 37 years of her life in the Mohawk Valley.
    Ruth was a devoted animal lover. She often had neighborhood animals following her home on her occasional walks. Ruth worked for a time volunteering with the Herkimer County Humane Society. She played a critical role in soliciting the help of businesses, individuals and news media in saving the society from the brink of bankruptcy in the early 1990’s. Ruth had less success in trying to encourage the Herkimer County Legislature to save its adult home, “The Country Manor” from the same fate. Her last three years were spent under the loving and devoted care of the staff at the Mohawk Homestead, the best adult home in the area.
    Though no services are planned, you may remember her in your thoughts and prayers. You may also consider making a donation to either the H.A.L.O in Little Falls, 72 N. Ann St., Little Falls, NY 13365 which specialized in rescuing and housing abandoned kittens and cats in a cage free setting, or the Herkimer County Humane Society, 514 New York 5S Mohawk, NY 13407.
    Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Surridge & Roberts Funeral Home 470 French Rd, Utica.
    Messages of sympathy www.surridgeandroberts.com.

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