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Ruth Frances (Katz) ECKER

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ECKER, Ruth Frances (Katz)

Ruth Frances Katz Ecker of Newington passed away May 2, 2012 after complications from a fall. She was in the presence of her daughter Barbara Ann Bailey and her husband Ben, of South Natick, MA, her son, Harry Walter Ecker of West Fairlee, VT, granddaughters Samantha Noel Bailey, Stephanie Ruth Bailey, and grandson Robert Gage Ecker, along with dear friend Peter James Hendrick. Beloved wife of the late George Prentice Ecker for 67 years, and loving sister to the late Helen Katz Connell and the late Arthur Katz, both of West Hartford, CT. Born March 17, 1919, Ruth lived an extraordinary life for 93 years. A graduate of the class of 1938 from the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, Ruth went on to marry her high school sweetheart, George, in 1942 and start a family. In the early 1940's Ruth went to work in the plastics division of Colt Manufacturing, making buttons. When her children started school, Ruth went back to work as a system's analyst for the Phoenix Insurance Company. Her skills quickly got her promoted to Supervisor status. She stayed with Phoenix after being acquired by the Travelers, a career in the hearing world that would span 27 years. After retirement Ruth volunteered for 18 years for the American School for the Deaf in their administrative office, helping to organize and register incoming students to the school. After both she and George retired, they devoted their time to travel. Their passion took them to all 50 states and once completed, they set out to travel the world. Ruth was a member of the Connecticut Deaf Senior Citizens. Ruth brought great warmth and kindness to all who knew her. She was courageous and proved that being deaf had no limits either emotionally or in the world of the hearing. She was a pioneer for women everywhere and a life-long prominent advocate for the deaf people of Connecticut. Most recently Ruth went before the state utility commission office to voice her support for Sprint's Relay Connecticut service. The state officials took her input very seriously and actually complied with her wishes. She left us all with more strength, more resolve and who will ever forget her laughter, beautiful smile and twinkle in her eye. Ruth will be forever loved and fondly remembered by her grandchildren, Jennifer, Sara, Samantha, Gage, Stephanie and Sarah, and great grandchildren Ty and Kait; brother Howard Katz, his wife Phyllis, sister-in-law Mickie Katz; relatives Ben, Ann, nieces, nephews, and all who knew her.
Ruth and her family's wishes were that no funeral service be held. The family has requested that any donations in tribute be made to The American School for the Deaf, 139 North Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06107. To offer online words of sympathy, please visit www.BrooklawnFuneralHome.com

Published in The Hartford Courant on May 6, 2012
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