Celebrating the life of Ruth Anna Reed
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Ruth A. Reed died peacefully on August 1, 2009 at St. Teresa's Nursing Home in Middletown. She was 91 years old.
Ruth was born on October 12, 1917 in Newark, New Jersey to the late Frederick and Katherine Fibiger. Following her growing-up-years in Cuddebackville, NY, she served her country proudly as a WW2 civilian ship welder at the Port Newark NJ shipyard, where she entered tight spaces in the ships that the men could not fit into, to finish weld steel plates. Years later, "Ruthie the Welder" told of swelling with pride whenever she witnessed one of "her" new naval ships sliding down the ways at launch... with the knowledge that she'd had a part in it's construction.
On August 28, 1948, Ruth married Richard Reed of Middletown in the Dutch Reformed Church in Cuddebackville. She was employed as a Senior Account Clerk at the Middletown State Hospital for 33 years until her retirement in 1972. Ruth and Richard had many good times with their fellow workers and "the cane gang" in their Middletown neighborhood.
Ruth was predeceased by her husband Richard, her brother, Herman W. Fibiger, and her nephew, James J. Fibiger.Ruth is survived by her nephews, Frederick W. Fibiger and his wife Jodi of Glens Falls, William Fibiger and his wife Nancy of Delmar, Walter Fibiger and his wife Rhonda of Chittenango, David Fibiger and his wife Maria of North Bay, Richard Malloy of Middletown.
Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11 am on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at Applebee-mcPhillips Funeral Home, Inc., 130 Highland Avenue, Middletown, NY. A Funeral Service will be held at the funeral home at 11 am , burial will follow in Wallkill Cemetery in Middletown.
Funeral arrangements under the direction of Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home.
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