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April 20, 2013

Mabel G. Ruff

Mabel G. Ruff

SIDNEY — Mabel Gertrude Ruff, 91, of Sidney, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Spencer at her son’s home.

Mabel was born on Sept. 6, 1921, daughter of the late Samuel and Elizabeth (Hulsemeyer) Engle in Anna, Ohio. After graduating from high school, Mabel was married to Lenord R. Ruff on Jan. 3, 1946. They later relocated from Ohio to the Tri-Town area. Lenord predeceased Mabel on April 29, 1988, after 42 years of marriage.

Her family and her faith were the two most important things in Mabel’s life. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Mabel was a devoted longtime member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Sidney, where she gave of her time and talents in her younger years to a number of church activities, including dinners and bake sales. She loved to socialize with her church family and her numerous friends. She also enjoyed quilting and baking.

Mabel is survived by six children, David and Jeanne Ruff (Spencer), Steven and Joan Ruff (Raleigh, N.C.), Thomas Ruff and Julie McSherry (Red Hook), Wayne and Connie Ruff (Oneonta), Paul Ruff (Unadilla) and Karen and Tom McWeeney (Grifton, N.C.); 19 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two special nieces, Lois Yinger and Carol Schafer; as well as several other nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mabel was predeceased by her daughter, Dianne Lois Ruff, three sisters and a brother.

Friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 21, 2013, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, April 22, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 139 West Main St., Sidney, with the Rev. Ernie Varga officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery, Sidney Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to St. Luke’s Church, the Sidney Senior Meals Van Fund or to a local Hospice organization.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family online at

Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.

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