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Ruth Smutz

Ruth M. Smutz (Ober)

Monday, February 29th, 1932 - Thursday, May 28th, 2020
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POTSDAM – Ruth Mavis Smutz, 88, a longtime resident of Washington Street, passed away Thursday evening, May 28, 2020 at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center.

Ruth was born February 29, 1932 in Parishville, the daughter of the late Francis and Helen (Bailey) Ober. She was a graduate of Potsdam Central Schools. On February 17, 1951, she married Walter Smutz at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Norwood. Walt predeceased her on January 4, 2010. Ruth continued to live in Potsdam after his death until 2016 when she moved to Maplewood Assisted Living Center in Canton and had recently become a resident of the United Helpers Rehabilitation and Senior Care Center (Riverledge) in Ogdensburg.

Ruth worked for many years in the cafeterias at Potsdam Central Schools. She was very active within the Senior Communities. As a member of the Midtown Seniors and Parishville Hilltoppers, she enjoyed traveling with her senior friends. She also found great enjoyment with belonging to local Red Hatters.

Ruth is survived by her sons, Walter Jr. and Sharman Smutz of Parishville and Kevin and Mary Smutz of Hewittville; her grandchildren, Christopher Smutz and Kellie, Marcy Smutz and Greg, and Travis Smutz and Karin; her great grandchildren, Riley Smutz, Sicilia Kahrs, and Piper and Rory Smutz; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by her sister, Elizabeth Delvecchio.

Due to the current health restrictions, services will be held privately at Southville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Activities Fund at either United Helpers Rehabilitation and Senior Care (Maplewood), 205 State Street Road, Canton, NY 13617 or United Helpers Rehabilitation and Senior Care (Riverledge), 8101 State Highway 68, Ogdensburg, NY 13668.
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Posted at 01:39pm
Walter Jr (Butch) and family
We are sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Rich and Rosa Ellis
N Greenbush NY

Terry Remington

Posted at 07:52pm
My deepest condolences! Ruth was a wonderful lady and employee for the Potsdam Central Food Service Program. It was my pleasure to work with her for many years. She was a dedicated employee who always completed her responsibilities with a smile.

Susan Sharlow

Posted at 09:17pm
So sorry to hear about Ruth. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Shirley and Susan Sharlow

Denise Collins

Posted at 03:04pm
My sincerest sympathies on your loss, Butch, Sharman & families. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Denise Bradley Collins

Bonnie Paige

Posted at 03:21pm
Butch &Kevin & family sorry to hereabout your mother will keep you in our thoughts at this difficult time. Bonnie&Bill Paige

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