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Ruth Nancy Grasser

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On July 25, 2013 @ 3:04 pm In Obituaries | 11 Comments

Ruth Nancy (Swarr) Grasser, 83, of Lancaster, passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at Luther Acres.  She was the loving wife of Leo C. Grasser.  Born in Lancaster, Ruth was the daughter of the late Harold W. and Helen (Goda) Swarr.

She attended J.P. McCaskey High School and last worked as a Clerical Supervisor for the Lancaster County Office of Aging.

Ruth was a member of St. John Lutheran Church where she was a member of the choir, was on the Altar Guild and served as Church Council Secretary.

In her spare time she enjoyed traveling, sewing, trips to the shore, cooking and collecting recipes, and spending time with her family.

She was a proud member of the Women’s Junior League and a Girl Scout Leader both in Dallas, Pennsylvania.   She was also a member of the Lancaster Silver Threads, and the Unwind Dance Club in Lancaster.

Ruth had positively affected many throughout her lifetime and enjoyed using her contagious personality to spread joy to those she came in contact with.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Theodore A. Rinehimer (husband of Regina M.) of Sinking Spring, PA; a step-son, Robert C. Grasser (husband of Beryl A.) of Reinholds, PA; a step-daughter, Julie A. Groft (wife of Lenny) of Landisville, PA; a grandson, Aaron T. Rinehimer; and step-grandchildren, Leigh Anne Whitelatch, Joshua and Jacob Grasser, and Drew and Austin Groft.  Also surviving is a brother, Harold Swarr of Millersville, PA.  She was predeceased by a daughter Nancy Bilenki, and a sister Janet Noel.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Funeral Service at Saint John Lutheran Church, 223 West Orange St., Lancaster, PA 17603, on Saturday July 27, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. with Reverend Margaret Kassees officiating. A viewing will be held Saturday from 11:30 A.M. until the time of the service. Interment will be in Conestoga Memorial Park.

The family would like to send a special thanks to the staffs of Luther Acres as well as Hospice & Community Care for their caring and compassionate service that they provided to Ruth.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Saint John Lutheran Church at the address listed above.

Condolences for the family of “Ruth Nancy Grasser”

Condolence from The Rev’d. R. E. Langford, Jr. (ret.) on July 25th, 2013 8:02 pm

Hertha and I condole with you, Leo, and the family in your lose of a loving spouse and hard working member of Christ’s body here on earth – an example to us all. We rejoice that Ruth now rests from her labors in the arms of our Savior, and nothing can touch or trouble her. Peace and blessings be upon you and all those you love, and all who love you! RELjr

Condolence from Kirk Beane on July 26th, 2013 7:40 am

Bob & family

Sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Fred Henry on July 26th, 2013 10:22 am

My condolence to you and your family on the passing of Ruth. She must have been a loving wife and mother / step-mother. I know you will miss her, and pray that your pain will ease with time.

Condolence from Joyce and Tag Guthrie on July 26th, 2013 2:13 pm

Leo with our Sympathy – Sometime we can find the right words to say… Sometime we can only stand beside one another and let our closeness say what words cannot. Please know that our hearts are with you….please know how much we care.
It is significant to note that in Judaism they downplay birthdays, never commemorating the date of birth of one who has passed away, yet we are careful to mark the anniversary of someone’s death.
The Talmud compares this to a ship. How odd that we hold a big party when the ship is about to sail, yet when it arrives at its destination, nothing is done. It really should be the other way around.
Although the day of birth holds all the potential for the life that will be, the day of death is the marker of who we actually became. Our worth is measured according to how much of our potential was realized. Did we live up to who we were to the best of our ability in the time that we had?
When our loved ones die and go back to God, to their “port of call,” we mourn not having them here with us, yet we remember what they were able to accomplish in this life. The commemoration is a time to feel the sadness — but also to celebrate who they were and the life they lived.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Tag and Joyce Guthrie

Condolence from Charles “Jug” & Doris Kiehl on July 26th, 2013 5:53 pm

Leo: So sorry to hear about Ruth. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Ruth was always such a lady. Every time we talked to her in the Courthouse she always had a big smile and she was always a joy to talk to. We are thankful that we had the opportunity to know Ruth.

Your Friends;
Doris & Charles “Jug” Kiehl

Condolence from Bert & Roy Schroll on July 26th, 2013 7:15 pm

Leo: We shared a dance club for a while. We live at Brethren Village. My wife delivered meals to your parents for a long time. Please know that you have our deepest sympathies. No one is ever prepared for this time in our lives. We lost our son to cancer several years ago and it is not a pleasant thing to experience. Please know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers. God will some how give you some of the strength you need.
God’s Blessings Bert and Roy

Condolence from Pat Frazier on July 26th, 2013 8:10 pm

I am terribly sorry to hear about Ruth. She was a beautiful person. Mike and I send our condolence to you and your family. God bless you in your grief.

Condolence from Judy W. Smith on July 26th, 2013 8:50 pm

The lovely picture caught my attention. Ruth was a dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer. You always supported her interests. Many years ago but the impression is lasting. Thinking of you.
Judy W. Smith

Condolence from Tony And Ellen DiGirolamo on July 26th, 2013 8:56 pm

To Ted R and family. We are sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. I know you knew it was coming but it was no doubt still hard for you. We pray that you feel better soon and that your mother is in heaven.
Tony & Ellen DiGirolamo

Condolence from Argyl & Janel Dick on July 27th, 2013 12:14 am

Dear Leo, we send our sincere sympathies and prayers on your loss of Ruth. Your commitment in caring so faithfully for her demonstrates the depth of love you shared and is a great example to all.
So glad you have your children & grandchildren to support you at this time.

Condolence from The Aldrich Family on July 27th, 2013 12:14 am

Ruth was always like a breath of fresh air. When she walked into a room her smile was contagious to the world around her. Her sweet and warm personality is a living example of Christ constant and unconditional love for all. To Leo and all family members we send our deepest sympathy. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. I do not give to house the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

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