LIMA - Louise M. Ruth, 93 of Lima, died at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at St. Rita's Medical Center.
She was born Saturday, Jan. 11, 1919 in Memphis, Tenn., to the late William Steele and Alta (Stalter ) Steele. She was the married to Aaron L. "Bud" Ruth who died July 31, 1983.
She had served in the Navy during World War II as secretary to Admiral Bowen. Louise retired from the City of Lima Fire Department as the secretary to the Chief (Chief Kersee and Chief John Brookman). She was a member of the Church of the Holy Nativity and it's St. Helena's Guild. Also a member of the Westgate Neighborhood Association, and PERI-Public Employee Retirees,Inc., and the I.A.F.F. Local #344.
Surviving are three daughters, Jill (Bill) Halker of Lima, Susan (Dick) Cassaro of Burnsville, Minn. and Chris (Brad Longstreth) Shaw of Mendon, Also surviving are seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, also three nephews and one niece.
She was preceded in death by a brother, John "Jack" Steele, and a sister, Doris Jean Kemmer.
Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the Church of the Holy Nativity, 2945 North Cole Street, Lima with the Right Reverend Robert Todd Giffin officiating. Interment was in Gethsemani Cemetery with graveside military honors conducted by VFW 1275.
Arrangements were handled by Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Church of the Holy Nativity, 2495 North Cole Street, Lima, OH 45801 or St. Rita's Hospice.
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