NEWARK - Ruth Amanda Espenmiller Werts passed away peacefully on Saturday (March 15, 2014) at the DeMay Living Center in Newark 18 days shy of her 102nd birthday.
Family and friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on (NOTE DATE) Sunday, April 6, at the Norman L. Waterman Funeral Home, Inc., 124 West Miller Street, Newark. A memorial service will be held on Monday (April 7) at 11:00 a.m. at Park Presbyterian Church, Maple Court, Newark with the Rev. Kirk Baker officiating. A luncheon reception will follow. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in the Marion Cemetery.
Ruth was born to the late Charles and Belle (Pulver) Espenmiller on Tuesday, April 2, 1912, the sixth of seven children. A life-long resident of Newark, she graduated from Newark High School (1930), winner of the Merit Cup. She was active in basketball and tennis. She attended RIT and graduated from SUNY Cortland in 1935 with her teaching degree. She enjoyed her years as Kindergarten teacher at East Palmyra, Lincoln and Perkins Schools. She married Franklin Werts in 1939 and moved in to the family homestead on West Avenue, Newark. Ruth enjoyed many activities during her long lifetime. She was an enthusiastic artist and her family cherishes her many of paintings. Ruth and Frank were active in the Country Cousins square dance groups and traveled the world with the group. She enjoyed several bridge groups and was a member of community organizations such as Tuesday Club, Newark Art Club, Friends of the Library and Newark- Arcadia Historical Society. She was a life-long member of Park Presbyterian Church, active in Women's Circles, singing in the choir and teaching Sunday School. Ruth had many friends and was always willing to help those in need. She was welcoming to new people and her friendly manner put all who met her at ease. One of her treasured memories was the celebration of her 100th birthday in April of 2012 surrounded by her family, friends, former students, pastors and well wishes from the President of the US.
Ruth is survived by her sons Kurt (Linda) of Newark and C. Douglas (Ellen) of Marana, Ariz.; her grandchildren Christy Young, Park City Utah, Carrie (A.J.) Magnan, Canandaigua, Sarah (Marco) Fantauzzi, Newark, Todd (Shereen) Werts, San Marcos, Calif., and Matthew Werts, Rochester; and her great-grandchildren Delaney and Sophia Young, John and Thomas Henry Magnan, Carlos and Maya Fantauzzi, and Hayden and Megan Werts. She will be missed also by her beloved nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents Belle and Charles Espenmiller, husband Franklin Werts and her six brothers and sisters.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to a Primary School Music Fund established in her honor with the Newark School District.
You may write a memory or condolence to the family by visiting www.watermanfuneral home.com.