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Ruth B. Schwanger

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On August 3, 2012 @ 4:33 pm In Obituaries | 7 Comments

Ruth B. Schwanger, 95, of Lancaster, entered into eternal rest on August 2, 2012 at Homestead Village after a brief illness. Born on August 10, 1916, in Port Royal, Juniata County, she was the daughter of the late Rubin and Annie Burd. She was the wife of the late D. Mark Schwanger, who died in December of 1972.
Ruth moved to Lancaster at the age of 18, where she met and later married Mark. In 1936, they helped establish Schwanger Brothers & Co. Inc.
She enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking, crafting, and entertaining. She was a past member of the Women’s Garden Club of Lancaster, Knights Templar, and Eastern Star. She acted as the Volunteer Coordinator of the Hospital Chaplaincy Program at Lancaster General Hospital. She was recognized for her volunteer efforts during food distributions for the Community Action Program of Lancaster, making home food deliveries.
On August 10, 1999, Ruth’s 83rd birthday, former Mayor, Charles W. Smithgall presented Ruth with a Proclamation from the City of Lancaster declaring August 10, 1999, as Ruth B. Schwanger Day. Ruth also was presented a Certificate of Appreciation for her volunteer work with the Lion’s Club of Lancaster.
She was a former member of the First Baptist Church of Lancaster and a current member of Highland Presbyterian Church. She frequently attended services and participated in special events with her daughter at St. Matthew Lutheran Church.
Ruth is survived by her son, David, husband of Linda Schwanger and daughter, Nancy, wife of Leonard Maurer. In addition, she is survived by 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by 3 nephews. She was predeceased by 8 siblings
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a funeral service on Monday, August 6, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 700 Pleasure Road, Lancaster, PA with the Reverend Richard Niewoehner and the Reverend Mary-Margaret Ruth officiating. Visitation will be held at the church on Monday from 9:30 AM. until the time of service. Interment will be private in Juniata County.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Condolences for the family of “Ruth B. Schwanger”

Condolence from John and Carol Byers on August 4th, 2012 12:19 pm

Nancy and Family,

So sorry to learn of your Mother’s passing. She is at peace. We pray for you in this time of sadness.

“God is the Master Weaver and only He knows when the tapestry is complete”

Condolence from Dolly and Ron Strobel of Bend, Oregon on August 4th, 2012 3:15 pm

Nancy and Leonard; David and Linda and families,

I have such wonderful memories of spending time with you and your Mother and Dad in Lancaster and also the times they and you drove to our farm in NJ and spent time with my deceased parents and siblings. I will always cherish the memorable times we shared but rest in the assurance that we’ll all be together again some day in our Heavenly Home. Our sincerest thoughts, heartfelt concerns, and condolences.
With our love and prayers always,

Condolence from Mel Vogler on August 5th, 2012 7:23 pm

Nancy, Leonard and family,

We were sorry to hear of your mother’s death. Death even after a long and well-lived life comes too soon. My mom always enjoyed visits from Mrs. Schwanger to the Schmeltz homestead.

Mel and Hal Vogler

Condolence from April & Michael Colarelli on August 5th, 2012 11:56 pm

We are so sorry to hear of Mrs. Schwanger passing away. We live two doors down at 2018. She was such a nice lady and my youngest daughter and I enjoyed visiting with her not too long ago. We will deeply miss her in the neighborhood. Our Thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones at this time.

April, Mike, Allison & Ava Colarelli

Condolence from Linda Whisler Riddle on August 6th, 2012 5:53 am

To Nancy and David and your families, Your mother was very special to us as we were growing up after our mother died at such a young age. So many wonderful memories of spending time with Ruth and both of you. Sending our deepest heartfelt sympathy to you and your families. From Linda Whisler Riddle and Family.

Condolence from April & Michael Colarelli on August 6th, 2012 8:45 pm

We were so sorry to hear of Mrs. Schwanger passing away. We live a 2018 and were her neighbors. She will truly be missed around the neighborhood. My youngest daughter and I visited with her not to long ago, she was such a nice lady. Her family and loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers.

April, Mike, Allison, & Ava Colarelli

Condolence from Eileen Flick on August 10th, 2012 3:10 pm

On behalf of the Stephen Ministers of Highland Presbyterian Church, we would like to offer our sincere sympathies to Ruth’s family. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May our gracious God keep you in His loving arms.
The Stephen Ministers of Highland Presbyterian Church

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