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Ruth Wander Wasco

1927-2009 SHAFTSBURY Ruth Wander Wasco, died 1:46 a.m. December 26, after a brave seven year battle with melanoma.

Born Ruth Daisy Wander, April 27, 1927 on her Family's farm in Three Bridges, N.J. Ruth is the daughter of Elizabeth and Edwin Wander, and sister to Howard Wander. The name Daisy came from the midwife on the farm that helped her mom give birth.

Her childhood was spent in Brooklyn, N.Y., later returning to New Jersey where she attended East Rutherford High School. After graduating in 1945, Ruth was employed at the medical company Becton, Dickinson. In 1947 she married her high-school sweetheart, Lon Wasco, upon his return from Military Service in the Pacific at the end of WW II. Ruth and Lon worked together as professional photographers documenting projects by notable architects. In 1954 Ruth "retired" to be a full time Mom when the 1st of their three sons was born.

In 1967, the young family moved to Shaftsbury, Vt. where Lon received a teaching position at Mt. Anthony Union High School, and Ruth became a Pediatric Nurse's Aid at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. Ruth continued at SWVMC through 1992, making co-workers and community members into life long friends.

Ruth had many loves that included music, cooking, design, fashion, and reading. The home life and hospitality that these loves shaped were Ruth's gift, especially to her sons whose lives she enriched and shaped. She prepared meals beautiful enough to grace the cover of a magazine, dressed with style, and danced with Lon to their favorite bands.

Ruth was compassionate about helping others, from her husband, to her three sons, then to the children at the hospital. Ruth also loved plants and animals. She enjoyed gardening and life on the farm. She cultivated an eight foot tall Cathedral Cactus plant that belonged to her mother. The cactus towers above us an example of her enormous love for others. Ruth was a jazz aficionado, and an extraordinary cook, a total gourmet. She always seemed to effortlessly prepare the most incredible meals to the awe of her guests. Ruth will be missed by many loved ones.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Lon, sons, David, his wife, Sandy, Jim, his wife, Robin, Mike, and three grandchildren, Mick, Andrew, and Alison.

To honor Ruth's wishes, please do not send flowers, and instead make a donation to your favorite charity through the MAHAR & SON FUNERAL HOME, 628 Main Street, Bennington, Vt. 05201.

Services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.



Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 29, 2009
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