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Bessie Margaret "Bess" Ruhl, 91, long time resident of Buffalo Road, Lewisburg, entered into rest at 2:55 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at RiverWoods Senior Living Community, Lewisburg.
She was born Aug. 13, 1926, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Bessie Marguaritte (Brown) and Owen Hamill Bathgate. On Aug. 21, 1948, she married William R. Ruhl who preceded her in death on Aug. 2, 2011.

Bess was a 1944 graduate of State College High School and a 1948 graduate of Susquehanna University with a bachelor of science degree. While there she participated in a variety of sports, held class offices, was a member of the homecoming courts and selected by Susquehanna University to be included in the prestigious volume of Who's Who among students in American universities and colleges.
Bess was a devoted wife, wonderful homemaker and an excellent role model for her children, always loving her family and friends unconditionally. She was a social bug and enjoyed attending events with her husband. To her friends and family she was loving, a woman of integrity, compassion, kindness and always quite witty exhibiting a great sense of humor.
Bess was a lifetime member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mifflinburg and lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Lewisburg Chapter 394.
She had a genuine love of music; enjoyed singing and playing the piano. Other hobbies included knitting, crossword puzzles and scouring flea markets in her travels with her husband. She had a special talent for serving others; teaching Sunday school, volunteering more than 3,000 hours at Evangelical Community Hospital and teaching children, especially those with disabilities and special needs.

Surviving is one daughter Jennie L. Servinsky, of Mifflinburg; three grandchildren, Douglas J. Ruhl, Kristin M. (Ruhl) Bergstrom and her husband Lee, Caroline E. (Servinsky) Gillott and her husband Francis; and five great-grandchildren, Addison E. Bergstrom, Andrew W. Bergstrom, Coralynn E. Gillott, Mercedes G. Gillott and one due in January.
Preceding her in death was a son, Dr. John W. Ruhl.

Family and friends are invited to the viewing from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 404 Market St., Mifflinburg, followed by the funeral at 1, with the Rev. John D. Yost officiating. A luncheon will follow the service for friends and family in the fellowship hall.

Interment will be held in Pleasant View Cemetery, Mifflinburg, following the luncheon.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bess's memory may be sent to RiverWoods, c/o Benevolent Care Fund, 15 Ridge Crest Circle, Lewisburg, PA 17837, or First Evangelical Lutheran Church, c/o Youth Ministries, 404 Market St., Mifflinburg, PA 17844.

Funeral arrangements are by Dominick T. Adamo Funerals · Cremations · Monuments, 16 Walnut St., Mifflinburg.
To share in Bess's online memorial, please visit www.adamofh.com.
Published on November 21, 2017
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