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112 West King Street
P.O. Box 336
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Phone: 717-532-2211
Fax: 717-532-8471
Ruth Kreger

Ruth M. Kreger (Mase)

Saturday, June 25th, 1927 - Saturday, December 29th, 2018
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(June 25, 1927 – December 29, 2018)

On December 29, 2018, Ruth Kreger (nee Mase), of Chambersburg, PA passed away at the age of 91.

Ruth was born in Liberty, PA where she grew up, one of five children, on a dairy farm run by her widowed mother, and where she learned the value of hard work. She graduated from Mansfield State Teachers College with a degree in home economics, began raising her family in upstate New York, and went on to teach 4th grade for many years at the Nancy Grayson Elementary School in Shippensburg PA. Ruth was a faithful member of Christ United Methodist Church in Shippensburg, where she volunteered and sang in the choir. She loved music and took piano lessons well into her 80’s. Ruth loved to bake for others, and many gatherings were warmed by her pies and cookies. Her baking prowess followed her to Menno Haven, as she became known as the sticky bun queen of Northgate. Ruth was active in her years at Menno Haven, participating in pool exercise classes, Tai Chi, power walking, book group, bible study, and volunteering in the library.

Ruth is best remembered as a woman of kind and caring heart, asking for little but giving so much. Her selflessness and patience were legendary among friends and family. She never sought attention for herself, but gave it to others without measure, expecting nothing in return. All who knew her will consider themselves blessed that she graced a special time in their lives.
Ruth will forever be remembered by Leon, her husband of 70 years, her children Steven (Judy) of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, David (Colette) of Lakewood, CO and Roxane Lafferty (David) of Southampton, NJ. She will also be remembered by her sister Jean Russ of Lewistown, PA, her brother Lawrence Mase of Liberty, PA, and grandchildren Andrew, Alex, Reed, and Laura Kreger.

Ruth was preceded in death by her son Lynn, brother, Donald, and brother Orville.

A Celebration of Ruth’s life will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, January 11, 2019 at Chestnut Landing in Northgate at Menno Haven. Interment will be private. Memorial donations in her memory may be made to SpiriTrust Lutheran Hospice 2700 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, PA.

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    Friday, January 11th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Friday, January 11th, 2019 1:00pm
    Chestnut Landing in Northgate at Menno Haven
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Deb Davidson Rotz

Posted at 09:24am
Ruth was such a lovely woman in so many ways. She was a great teacher to me and a fellow choir member at Christ United Methodist Church. She was so warm, friendly, and positive. May God comfort you as you grieve and may wonderful memories of her fill your lives! I'm glad my Dad and I visited you and Ruth a few years ago before his sudden death. Sincerely, Deb Davidson Rotz

James Dillner

Posted at 10:27pm
Sorry to hear this news and sorry that I could not be there for the service last Friday.

Lion Galen Burkholder

Posted at 02:57pm
Lion Leon Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you grieve the passing of your wife, mother and grandmother. Give thanks for the many blessings she was for you and your family and keep her alive as you cherish the memories that you made together. The world is a better place because of the contributions she made and life she lived.

Jack Sharpe

Posted at 10:48am
Steve, Wow, what a Mother. She lived a Christ like life. You were really Blessed. I can see why you are the great guy that you are. You had a great role model. I’m sorry for your loss and Happy for Heavens gain. My Prayers are with you and your Family. Jack

Judy Bard Eichelberger

Posted at 09:35pm
Dr. Kreger and family, So many times in recent years, as I recalled fond memories of years past, you and Ruth have come to mind, especially the relaxing fishing trips to Raystown; also recalling my years as secretary in the Biology Department at S.U. where I got to know you and your lovely wife. My condolences and prayers for you and your family as you grieve the loss of Ruth, a gracious and caring lady.

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