Ruth Hugenbruch (Schlottman), age 86, died on October 21, 2017 at St. Ann's Home, Rochester, NY. From her birth on April 5, 1931 to her death, she nourished people around her with love, faith and music.
Predeceased by her husband, Ernest R. Hugenbruch, and her son, Jeffery L. Howe. Survived by her sisters Lois Edmonds and Norma Benedict, ex-husband, Lee Howe, son David (Cynthia Williams) Howe, daughter Julie (James Lee) Howe, step-daughters Pamela (James) Bradley, Rhonda (Jerome) Tiefert, Laurie (Jack) Riley, and Betsy (Timothy) French, daughter-in-law Nancy Howe, and many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ruth Augusta Schlottman was born in Rochester to parents Carl and Delia, one of three sisters who have remained close, fun-loving, loyal, and deeply connected by their devotion to family and their faith.
Church was Ruth’s 2nd home, providing a loving community who shared her faith, and a place to share her talents and love of music. In her early years, she was a much-loved member of the Laurelton United Presbyterian Church, where she served as youth choir director, hand-bell choir director, and was a choir member. In later years she was a beloved member of the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford, serving as hand-bell choir director (Kirkringers), singing in the choir and leading bible study activities for young children (LOGOS). Ruth had a special rapport with children and was a well-loved teacher at the Pittsford United Nursery School for many years.
She gave and received much joy with her caring and devotion to her family, friends and pets (and neighbors' pets!). Even when her mind was diminished, she still was able to appreciate the great beauty of nature and of art and music. She was a cancer survivor, she persevered through much adversity, experienced much joy, was a humble servant, a fighter, a nurturer, but was, most of all, and always, a lover.