Ruth S. Fitze, 98, of Lancaster, PA passed away on November 28, 2019 at Willow Valley. Born in Bowmanstown, PA on June 29, 1921, she was the youngest of three daughters of Llewellyn and Emma Bowman Steigerwalt. She graduated from Lehighton High School and received a BS from Mansfield State Teachers College. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence J. (Klee) Fitze.
Ruth was a resident of Tunkhannock, PA for 60 years, where she and her husband were actively involved in the community. She served as a Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout den mother, board member of the Tunkhannock Public Library, and sang, with her husband Klee, in the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church Choir. Ruth lived life to the fullest. She loved to travel, play bridge, bingo, and mahjong, and always looked forward to an afternoon at the quarter slots. Her greatest love was her family and she always championed her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ruth is survived by a daughter, Deborah F. Rhoads and husband Henry (Audubon, PA); a son, Judd B. Fitze and wife Dianne (Tunkhannock, PA); four grandchildren, Melissa Rhoads Simpson and husband Ryan (Vienna, VA), Chris Fitze and wife Sabrina (Atlanta, GA), Corey Fitze and wife Alicia (Fairfield, CT); and Kevin Carrillo-Rhoads and wife Andrea (Waltham, MA); four great-grandchildren, Ben, Josh, and Sam Fitze, and George Bowman Simpson.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Service in the Johnson Auditorium at Willow Valley North, 600 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster, PA on Tuesday, December 10th at 11:00 A.M. The family will greet friends immediately following the Memorial Service. Interment in Sunnyside Cemetery, Tunkhannock, PA will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers the family would ask that memorial contributions be made to the Tunkhannock Public Library, the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church, the Mathias J. Brunner Educational Nursing Fund at Willow Valley, or First United Methodist Church, Lancaster. To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit:
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