Ruth A. Staszesky

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Ruth A. Staszesky

Ruth A. Staszesky, age 83, of Roselle, Delaware, died January 2, 2013, at her home where she was born and lived her entire life. In recent years she had suffered from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and a heart disease.

Ruth was born January 19, 1929, the fifth child of Frank J. and Ruth A. Staszesky. She graduated from Wilmington High School in 1945 and from the University of Delaware in 1949 with a major in chemistry. She worked for 36 years for the DuPont Company at the Experimental Station and Chestnut Run sites, especially in the area of textile fibers, attaining the position of research chemist.

Ruth was an avid sports person. She was a golfing enthusiast until the time of her death. She also excelled at skiing and bowling and was part owner of a sailboat at the Northeast Maryland Yacht Club. She was an avid fan of the University of Delaware football team and for 40 years attended all the local games and many of the away games. She was an active member of the DuPont Country Club and of Christ United Methodist Church (originally Brack-Ex Methodist Church). She also assisted with the AAUW Annual Used Book Sale and supported a number of charities. She designated that her body was to be given to an appropriate institution for medical research, education and organ transplantation.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two of her brothers, Charles H. Staszesky and Max J. Staszesky. She is survived by her oldest brother, Francis M. and wife Barbara K. of Plymouth, Massachusetts, her sister-in-law, Emma L. Staszesky of Marshallton, Delaware, and her youngest brother, the Rev. Richard C. Stazesky and wife Mary Anne of Hockessin, Delaware. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews who live in various parts of the country.

A memorial service will be held at 11 am Monday, January 14, at Christ United Methodist Church, 6 N. Clifton Ave. Wilmington, 19805. A 10 am reception will precede the service. The interment of her remains will occur at a later date at Old St. James Episcopal Church, Stanton, the gravesites of her parents and maternal grandparents and great grandparents. Contributions in her memory may be made to Christ United Methodist Church or the Annual Fund of the University of Delaware, Office of Annual Giving, 83 E. Main St., 3rd Floor, Newark, DE 19716.

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Published in The News Journal from Jan. 6 to Jan. 7, 2013
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