Ruby M. Hirschey, 94,
formerly of Watertown, and most recently residing in Peoria,
Ariz., passed away Monday, March 18, at the Rock Creek
Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Surprise, Ariz.
A prayer service will be 10:15 a.m. Friday, April 19, at
Reed & Benoit Funeral Home followed by a Mass of the
Resurrection at Holy Family Church, with Rev. Steven Murray
officiating. Burial will follow in Brookside Cemetery.
Viewing hours are 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the
Reed and Benoit Funeral Home.
Ruby passed away Monday, March 18th at the Rock Creek
Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Suprise, Ariz.
Born Aug. 4, 1918, in Watertown, a daughter of John and Mary
Coston, she graduated from Watertown High School and the
Watertown School of Commerce.
She was the office manager of the Hotel Woodruff for 35
Ruby married Howard A. Hirschey on July 22, 1951. He died
May 31, 1972.
Ruby loved to garden and cook. Many of the herbs used in her
cooking were grown in her own garden. Grandma Ruby’s rolls
are legendary. She was a talented craftsperson who loved to
sew and knit. She made countless scrubbies, washcloths and
She attributed her longevity and good health to her habit of
As a devout Catholic, she attended Holy Family Church her
Surviving are three children, a son and daughter-in-law,
Steven and Margery Hirschey, Boulder, Colo., and their two
children, Rachel Hirschey and Paige Hirschey; a daughter,
Carol Dorethy, (late husband James), Peoria, Ariz., and
their five children, Joel Dorethy,
Melinda Biernot, Monica Gabel, Tyler Dorethy and Marcie
Dorethy; and a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and John
Hanlon, Jackson, Wy., and their two children Davis Fay and
Amanda Fay; many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great
A brother, Frank Coston, and two sisters, Hilda Steele and
Ada Lacombe, all died before her.
Ruby will be forever remembered for her quiet elegance and
the lady that she was.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the
Condolences may be made at www.reedbenoit.com.
Information provided by Reed
& Benoit Funeral
Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.