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July 31, 2013

Ruth M. Broe

Ruth M. Broe

ONEONTA — Ruth M. Broe, 93, of Oneonta, passed away Sunday, July 28, 2013, after just recently being admitted to Epoch Senior Health Care of Sharon, Mass.

Ruth was born July 17, 1920, in Whitehall, the daughter of the late Rufus and Manita (Irish) Barber.

On Oct. 2, 1943, Ruth married Gerald E. Broe in Oneonta.  Together they owned and operated Superior Cab of Oneonta for decades. They were happily married for more than 60 years, raising five children and becoming grandparents to 11 grandchildren.

Ruth was a devoutly religious woman, spending several hours daily reading the Bible and in prayer. She faithfully attended St. Mary’s Church in Oneonta. She was a good and kind person who was devoted to her family. Ruth was cherished by her children and her close acquaintances. She had a wonderful personality that was highlighted by her constant and abundant energy.

Later in life, Ruth went to live in the Boston area with her daughter and son-in-law and their children.

She is survived by her brother, Robert Barber and his wife, Margaret of Corning; her five children, Steven Broe of Oneonta, Paul Broe and his wife, Laura of Rockville, Md., Mary Beth Broe and her husband, Randall Bloom of Littleton, Colo., Kathleen and her husband, John Anastos of Mansfield, Mass., and Greg Broe and his wife, Nancy of Marietta, Ga. She is also survived by her close in-laws, Lorraine Broe of Oneonta, Delores Broe of Georgia, Betty and Jim Priore of Michigan, Jim and Joyce Broe of Colliersville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Gerald, on July 16, 2005. Her siblings Stanley, Earl and Wallace Barber also predeceased her.

Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. David Mickiewicz, pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Emmons.

Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 39 Walnut St., Oneonta, NY 13820.

To light a candle or send an online condolence please visit

Arrangements are by Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta. 

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