PIQUA — Ruth Hahn, 88, of Piqua, died at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Hope Hospice and Health Care, Fort Myers, Fla. She was born Jan. 17, 1926, in Webster, to the late Frank and Della (Staudt) Rank. On Dec. 25, 1944, in Bradford, she married Paul W. Hahn. He preceded her in death on Nov. 5, 1991.
Ruth is survived by two sons and daughter-in-law, Tim Hahn, Piqua and Dan and Stephanie Hahn, Ft. Myers, Fla.; one daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Jim Fouchard, Gaithersburg, Md.; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Frank and Judy Rank Jr., Urbana, Don and Sue Rank, Piqua, Gary and Janice Rank, Ft. Myers, Fla.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Pat and Phil Stickel, Greenville and Jeanie and Bob Grilliot, Covington; two grandchildren, Jason Fouchard, Gaithersburg, Md., and Jessica Foster, Ft. Myers, Fla. She was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
Ruth graduated from Newton High School in 1944.
Ruth was a loving and supportive mother dedicated to her family. She taught us to be patient, compassionate and tolerant. One of her greatest joys was being a grandmother.
Ruth was a member of Congregational Christian United Church of Christ, Piqua. She served as Deacon on the church council, along with being involved in the women's fellowship and was treasurer of the Women's Joy Circle Group.
Ruth was also involved in Tots to Teens Mother Club. Ruth has received the Outstanding Piqua Women in 1974, Order of George by Piqua Chamber of Commerce in 1975 and the YWCA Women of Excellence Award in 1999 along with many other awards in her lifetime. She has served on the American Academy for Human Development and the school board for Nicholas School.
Ruth will be most remembered for being a co-founder and co-director of The Rehabilitation Center which was founded in 1972 and started in the basement of St. Paul's Church in Piqua to serve infants, children and adults who suffer from minimal to severe brain injury. Thanks to Ruth Hahn's dedication and perseverance, the current facility is Hahn-Hufford Center of Hope at 1306 Garbry Road, Piqua, which holds the following four facilities: Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development, Nicholas School, The Brain Wellness Center, and Aquatic Therapy & Wellness Center with each facility specializing and assisting persons with brain injuries. Ruth is also the author of the book "Hope Fulfilled." In addition to her work at the center, she was also a foot reflexologist certified by International Institute of Reflexology.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, at Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua with Pastor Bill Hewitt officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development or Nicholas School, 1306 Garbry Road, Piqua, OH 45356 or Congregational Christian United Church of Christ, 421 Broadway St., Piqua, OH 45356. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.melcher-sowers.com.