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Ruth Kraeling Day

1924-2012 Ruth K. Day died Monday, September 10, 2012. She had been in declining health since suffering a stroke in December, 2010.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 25, 1924, the eldest child of Carl Herman and Elsie Dittmer Kraeling, Ruth grew up in New Haven, Conn., where her father was a professor at Yale University. As a child, she traveled abroad with her parents to the Middle East where her father was involved with archaeological excavations. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from Smith College, in Northampton, Mass. After graduation, Ruth worked for a year as curator of collections at the Albany (NY) Institute of History and Art, and then at the Yale University art gallery.

On August 15, 1950, Ruth married Norman G.A. Day at the Yale University Divinity School. Norm's architecture career took the young couple to Portland, Oregon and Princeton, N.J.; eventually, in 1958, Norm opened his own practice in Tyringham, Mass., and moved it to Lenox, in 1963. Ruth and Norm raised five children in these small western Massachusetts towns. In addition to tending the children, Ruth served as secretary and bookkeeper in Norm's architectural practice.

After Norm's death in 1999, Ruth moved to Minerva, N.Y., where she and Norm had maintained a part-time residence and where Ruth, as a child, had summered with her parents and grandparents.

Ruth was active in the Lenox Library Association and Minerva Historical Association, and served on the Lenox Zoning Board of Appeals.

Ruth leaves her sister, Doris Kraeling Rutz of Branford, Conn., and five sons and daughters: Peter C. Day of Lakewood, Colo., Martha Day of Wakefield, R.I., Stephen C. Day of Bullhead City, Ariz., Carol Day Weill of North Kingstown, R.I., and Catherine Day of Hadley, Mass., as well as nine grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband and by her brother, Robert C. Kraeling

A private ceremony is planned.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Oct. 13, 2012
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