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RUTH HEINRICH

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HEINRICH, Ruth A longtime resident of Wayland, died on January 30, with her family nearby. She and her husband Link moved to Wayland in 1939 and returned in 1944 after he completed military service in the European theater during World War II. The daughter of Joseph and Mary (Curran) Johnston, she was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Ridgewood, New Jersey. She graduated with her sister Marjorie Johnston from Douglass College in 1938. Ruth was a woman of her time, a devoted wife, mother and volunteer. Energetic and with strong opinions she was a fixture at town events for over forty years. Active in civic affairs, she supported the estuary restoration of the Sudbury River and many school projects. She and her husband were founders of the Church of the Holy Spirit where she was on the Vestry Committee. Her dear friend Natalie Noseworthy, wife of the first minister, mentioned what a great support the Heinrichs were as the church was being planned and built. For many years Ruth was a representative from her church to the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. She and Link were also founders of the Wayland Swimming and Tennis Club. From 1976 to 1978 she was a trustee of The Hyde School in Bath, Maine. She was an outspoken advocate for gender equality after the school became coeducational. Her most cherished volunteer activity took place during the ten years that she served as a docent at Wellesley College's Jewett Art Museum. It was a position that gave her great satisfaction. She studied art history with the undergraduates, gave guided tours of the museum's collections and conducted classroom discussions about art with elementary school students in the Wellesley public schools. In Wayland she and her husband started a neighborhood tennis tournament that became an annual event. The doubles event lasted for a weekend and included both adults and children playing as teams. It was a popular occasion culminating with a raucous potluck picnic in the Heinrich's backyard where trophies were awarded to all ages. The Heinrich's retired to Damariscotta, Maine where they lived until Link's death in 1986. The tennis tournament continues and is always mentioned by real estate brokers when someone is looking for a house in the neighborhood. The last twenty-five years of her life were devoted to her family and to travel. She leaves her children Marjorie Damon (Parker) of Wellesley, Marilyn Heinrich (Lee) of Heber City, Utah and Frederick Heinrich of Exeter, New Hampshire. She adored her grandchildren, Nicholas Damon of Connecticut, and Juliana Damon (Paul) of Moraga, California, Mark Wallace (Meredith) of Boston, Glen Heinrich-Wallace of Madrid, Stacey McShane of Los Angeles and her great granddaughters, Mia Parker Damon-Espinas, and Clementine Isadora Damon-Espinas. A private service will be held in the spring. For online condolences, please visit www.duckett-waterman.com. Memorial contributions may be made to a community center: Weymouth Heinrich House Inc., 1700 Bristol Road, Bristol, Maine 04539-3510 Duckett-J.S.Waterman & Sons Sudbury, MA 978-443-5777

Published in The Boston Globe on Feb. 10, 2013
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