Schaffner, Ruth

Written by David Green.

Ruth M. Schaffner, 87, of South Fayette St., Fayette, Ohio, died Jan. 30, 2013, at The Waterford at Levis Commons in Perrysburg, Ohio, where she had been a resident since August 2012.

She was born Nov. 13, 1925, in Wright Township, Mich., to the late Estel and Alice (Prickett) Brandeberry.

Ruth was raised in Waldron, Mich., and she was a graduate of Waldron High School. She furthered her education at Siena Heights College and Adrian College, where she earned a bachelor of arts in business education. She settled in Fayette in 1963.

She worked for several years as a teacher for the North Central school district in Pioneer. After her teaching career, Ruth worked for the Ohio Turnpike Commission as a toll collector for nearly 20 years.

Ruth was active in her community, serving for several terms as a member of the Gorham-Fayette School Board. She was also an avid supporter and volunteer for the Fayette Opera House. More recently she was a member of the Fayette chapter of the Red Hat Society, and a long-time member of the Fayette United Methodist Church. Ruth enjoyed traveling, reading and playing bridge.

She is survived by two sons, Scott (and Barb) Schaffner of Galena, Ohio, and John Schaffner of Fayette; three daughters, Nona Schaffner of Tallahassee, Fla., Susan (and Jeff) Lowry of Perrysburg, Ohio, and Joyce (and TJ) Kelly of Westlake, Ohio; two sisters, Madeline Stieg of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Joyce Bishop of The Villages, Fla.; and three grandchildren, Katie Lowry, and Kevin and Chris Schaffner.

Memorial services are planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Fayette United Methodist Church, with Pastor Katherine Currier officiating. A luncheon will follow. Interment will take place at Waldron Cemetery.

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