Ruth Casselman, a lifetime resident of the area, passed away peacefully at her son’s home on Wed., March 4, 2015. She was 97.
Ruth was born in Williamsburg on Feb. 24, 1918 to her parents, Howardand Ethel Merkley (nee Alford). She attended local schools, and, in 1940, she graduated from Ottawa Normal School.
On July 21, 1948, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Williamsburg, Ruth married Cecil Casselman, and together they had two children, Mary and Michael.
A dedicated teacher and principal, Ruth’s teaching career began in the rural schools of Dundas County. In 1960, she moved to Grenville County, teaching at Oxford-on-Rideau. The Augusta board appointed her principal of Maynard Public School in 1961. From 1964-67, she was principal at Algonquin Public School, and she spent the last nine years of her teaching career as principal of Maitland Public School. During her years in the teaching profession, Ruth always held the welfare of her pupils foremost in her mind. Her qualities of honesty and integrity stood her in good stead, in whatever community she served.
She was a dedicated member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, and she served as a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Women for many years.
Ruth is survived by her children, Mary Osborne (Fred) of RR #1Williamsburg, and Mike (Cindy) of RR #1 Williamsburg; her grandchildren, Ryan, Sheena, and Kaitlin; and her great-grandson, Isaac. She was predeceased by her husband, Cecil, and her sisters, Hilda Marcellus, Trude Barkley, Edna Merkley, and Rena Merkley. She is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Fri., March 6 from 7 to 9 pm, and Sat., March 7 from 10 am until the time of the funeral service at 11 am, which was conducted by Rev. Diane Raddatz. Spring interment of cremated remains will be at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville.
Donations to the South Dundas Community Lutheran Church in Williamsburg or Dundas County Hospice would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.marsdenmclaughlin.com