Ruth Kierner Schroetter of Doylestown passed away on Thursday, March 9. She was the wife of the late Joseph M. Schroetter.
Born in Elizabeth, NJ, she was the daughter of Anton Kierner and Teena Partl Kierner.
Ruth is survived by her seven loving daughters: Kathleen Wilt (Randy), Karen Hyde (Phil), Susan Gottlob (Ron), Janet Pryor (Richard), Barbara Schroetter, Joanne Kegler (David), and Judith Smith (Edward). Also surviving are her beloved grandchildren: Sada Becker (Scott), Meghan Wilt (Mark), Jonathan Wilt, Lauren Nolan (Christopher), Leah Fernandez (Jason), Gregory Hyde, Jennifer Casebeer (Carl), Amy Huey (Shane), Joseph Pryor, Collin Smith (Gabby), Trevor Smith and AJ Smith, as well as nine adoring great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Beatrice Kierner, and her grandson, Michael Carroll (Alison).
Ruth spent most of her childhood in Union, NJ. She attended Union High School where she met the love of her life and future husband, Joseph. Ruth graduated from St. Elizabeth’s University with a degree in Chemistry. Upon graduation, she worked at Merck in Rahway, NJ. She left the workforce to begin her lifelong commitment of raising her seven daughters. With a house full of children under the age of sixteen, Ruth took a part time job teaching chemistry at the local college which some have suggested was just a way to “get out of the house.” Later in life, she worked part-time at Kenny’s News Agency in Doylestown and volunteered at Doylestown Hospital.
Ruth’s hobbies included golf, bowling, reading and her lifelong devotion to her Wednesday night Bridge group.
Ruth and Joe enjoyed traveling extensively around the United States, stopping in every National Park and historical site along the way. They visited Europe several times. Ruth especially loved the beach. She wintered in Myrtle Beach and spent summer vacations on Brigantine Island where she always made sure to have enough room for the entire family.
Ruth was eternally proud of her entire family. Her life was centered around them.
We will be forever grateful for her love, support and for the legacy that she leaves behind.
Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral Mass at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 16 at St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, 1410 Almshouse Road, Jamison, where the family will greet guests from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass. There will be a visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 15 at Reed and Steinbach Funeral Home, 2335 Lower State Road, Doylestown. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ruth’s name may be made to: Marine Mammal Stranding Center, 3625 Atlantic Brigantine Blvd. Brigantine, NJ 08203 or a charity of the donor’s choice.