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Ruth V. Hyrne, age 93, passed away Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek, Holland, where she had resided for many years. She was born on April 12, 1920, in Cincinnati, Ohio to Edwin and Mollie Steding. Ruth was raised in Cincinnati, and was a loving member of her mother's extended family, the Kunkel's. She worked in the family business, which sold sauerkraut, pickles, piccalilli and related "sour products" at Cincinnati's Findlay Market. Ruth was a 1938 graduate of St. Ursula Academy of Cincinnati, and a 1942
graduate of the University of Cincinnati, with a bachelor's degree in education. After graduation, and during WWII, Ruth worked in the metallurgic lab at the Wright Aeronautical Plant, just north of Cincinnati. There she met the man to whom she would be married to for 63 years, Clarence F. Hyrne, Jr. The couple married in
Cincinnati on her birthday
in 1945, while Clarence was serving in the Navy. After leaving the service, Clarence attended the University of Cincinnati Law School, on the GI bill. Later they lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, while Clarence furthered his legal education at the University of Michigan. Their son, Michael, was born in Ann Arbor. After graduation from Michigan, Clarence accepted a position as a faculty
member with the then Toledo University Law School, and the family moved to Toledo, where their daughter, Ellen, was born. In 1962, the family moved to Sylvania, much of which was just under development at the time. Along with being a wonderful wife and mother, Ruth was a creative artist. In the 50's she was a founding member of the Toledo Potter's Guild. Clarence formally incorporated the organization. Ruth was always drawing, painting, and experimenting with pottery and glazes. She also worked as an arranger in several florist shops, another outlet for her creativity. Ruth loved to read, especially books by Dick Francis, who wrote crime novels set in
the world of thoroughbred
Ruth's husband, Clarence, died in 2008. She is survived by her son, Michael (Deborah) Hyrne, of Lambertville, MI; her daughter, Ellen Wells of Los Angeles, California; grandchildren, Kathryn, Cameron, Taylor and Nicholas; cousins, Bernie and Elaine, and her loving caregiver, Deb Lester. The family would like to thank Ruth's many caring (and long-term) caregivers and close friends at Wolf Creek and the caring staff and nurses, especially Gail, with Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
A private burial was
entrusted to Reeb Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at the chapel at Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek, on Saturday, January 18, 2014, at 11:15 a.m. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to Bittersweet Farms, 12660 Archbold-Whitehouse Rd., Whitehouse, Ohio 43571, Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek, or Hospice of Northwest, Ohio. Online condolences may be offered to Ruth's family at
Reeb Funeral Home
5712 N. Main Street
Sylvania, OH 43560
Published in Toledo Blade on Jan. 16, 2014