Ruby M. Hirschey

March 29, 2013       

WATERTOWN, N.Y.  —  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 years.

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 baby blankets. 

She attributed her longevity and good health to her habit of walking everywhere. 

As a devout Catholic, she attended Holy Family Church her entire life.

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 grandchildren. 

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 Alzheimer’s Association.

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Information provided by Reed & Benoit Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.