Obituary Details

Ruth Elizabeth Waltz

June 23, 1932 - August 17, 2015

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Location:
St. James United Methodist Church
Date:
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Service Time:
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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Notes

On August 17, 2015, Ruth Elizabeth Skorloff Waltz, beloved wife of Dowell Kenneth Waltz, passed away after a two year battle with esophageal and stomach cancer. Born on June 23rd, 1932 in Tilsit, East Prussia.

Ruth came to the United States when she was 25 to live with her aunt and uncle in Mt Rainier, Maryland. There, Ruth met and married Ken Waltz in 1958. The couple stayed in Mount Rainier for the birth of son Douglas and then returned to Germany in 1965, where daughter Kersten was born a year later.

The Waltz's came back to the US in 1972, living in Springfield Virginia for 30 years before Ken and Ruth retired to Knoxville, Tennessee. Ruth and husband Ken ultimately moved to Raleigh, North Carolina in October, 2007.

She will be dearly missed. She was the oldest of four children and is survived by husband Ken, son Douglas and daughter Kersten. Her family and friends will remember her as a devoted wife, loving mother, beloved daughter, caring grandmother and wonderful sister.
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Posted on:
September 3, 2015
New Album Name: Ruthie was always so good with the boys.
Posted by:
Maureen Zottoli
Posted on:
August 4, 2018
Memory: it has been about 60 years ago. A young couple, a man and all I can remember was this beautiful young lady named Ruth, strolling in an area near water with my mother Elaine and my father Pat, along with me sister Barbara and I. They had just moved to Mount Rainier Maryland. I think I may have been in first or second grade. For some reason this woman and her kindness remained all this time.

We moved and I never saw them again. But I always remembered Ruth. This week I searched and found this memory wall. I am saddened that Ruth is gone, but I wanted her family to know how much her kindness towards me meant. My deepest condolences. I see these photo memories and they bring warmth to my soul. Maureen (Noble) Zottoli.
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CHAP. NITA
Posted on:
August 4, 2016
DEAR ONE'S A DOUBLE TRIBUTE. DEAR RUTH HERE, IS IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD WITH ANOTHER RUTH WALTZ. A DOUBLE BLESSING RUTH WALTZ OF wASH, MIR. MT'N. MINISTRY. WHAT A RARE, BUT DELIGHTFUL GIFT, HOME, THE SAME DAY.! I AM BLESSED WITH 2 PRECIOUS ON'ES , RUTH WALTZ! PLEASE SMILE? CHAP.NITA, Oregon XOXO <3
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nita lalonde
Posted on:
August 4, 2016
dearest bro. Bill waltz, and family. not a day goes by, that I don't think of all the treasured moments shared with you and sis Ruth at Mir. Mt'n. the fellowship with our sis and brothers from all nations., hallelujah! the dynamic ministry of you and dear Ruth will remain with me until it's my own graduation day. I love you, dear family. Holy spirit days and nights at camp meetings, and prayers in the chapel. I love you, until we meet in His Presence. sis nita lalonde, Oregon. Heart love, nita
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Stephanie Goolsby-Savage
Posted on:
August 31, 2015
I am sorry for your loss. Rev 21:4 gives us  hope of a time when we won't have to worry about death anymore.
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Sandra Parrish
Posted on:
August 28, 2015
There are so many fond memories!! I remember when she and Mr. Ken first moved into the neighborhood. I saw this huge moving van parked out front of their house. The first time I met Ruthie was the next day. My garage door was open and I heard a knock on the door. She was standing there with a measuring cup wanting to borrow a cup of sugar. Then there was the time I was laying some paving stones around my patio. She would come sit and talk to me, wanting so badly to help. Of course, I wouldn't let her. She finally said "I'm going to go make us some lunch!" Off she went...returning in just a bit with some open face avocado sandwiches on her beloved German rye bread. My first thought was how am I ever going to eat this!! But I did and loved it!! One more and I'll stop! One day I was next door visiting Doris and had left my garage door open. I came back home and just as I rounded the corner I see my door shutting! Not knowing who it was I go busting through the door yelling "who's in here?" There stood little Ruthie! We both laughed so hard! She was one of a kind and the life of any party!! She sure did hang tough through her battle! I, like so many, will truly miss her!!
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Shirley Binder.
Posted on:
August 27, 2015
We have known Ruthie and the Waltz family for many years - since the 80's as a couple, and I since the mid 70's. She was my Mom's dearest friend and helped me through the loss of both her and my Dad. One of my favorite memories was of when we were driving from OH to GA and stopped off in Knoxville to let our 3 boys (then about 5, 9, and 12) stretch their legs and meet up with Ruthie and Ken briefly before driving the rest of the way to Columbus to Mom & Dad's. She asked if the boys wanted to swim (which, of course they jumped at) and we all took a dip in the lake and arrived a bit later than planned to GA, but much happier and well rested! She made everything fun and our boys loved her dearly (as did we!!) Miss her!!
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Thomas & Grace McInerney
Posted on:
August 27, 2015
Ruthie was the first to greet us when we moved into her neighborhood.We shared many good times with a glass of wine and laughter was alway presant.God love shined through Ruthie.


Tommy & Gracie McInerney
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Kitty Barco
Posted on:
August 26, 2015
I remember the Sunday she decided to walk to church, but her shoes hurt her feet. So she flagged down the first car that would stop and hitched a ride with two complete strangers, to church. I don't even think they spoke English. To think about it, we are pretty lucky she lived as long as she did and did not get murdered by some stranger. She loved everyone. Love my Ruth.
Posted by:
Mike Francis
Posted on:
August 26, 2015
Who could forget her tumble in the church during a wedding rehearsal? She popped right back up, Kersten couldn't stop laughing, and the tension was relieved. Her exuberance made people happier. Blessings to those grieving her absence.
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