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Patricia Lou Ruch

1931 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Patricia Lou Ruch Obituary
Patricia Lou Ruch, 82, beloved wife, mother, Grammy, sister, and friend, passed away to heaven June 5, 2014, at Hospice House of Holland. Patty was born June 27, 1931, in Holland. She was a beautiful woman in every way with a kind and loving heart. She was an artist who painted with watercolor, educated as a librarian at Hope College, an outstanding cook with training in Europe, and active in her church as an elder, Sunday school teacher, Stephen minister and choir member. Her greatest gift (joy) was as a loving wife and mother to her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, Leonard and Gertrude Overbeek; a son, Matthew John (at birth); and a daughter, Christine Mary Sligh. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Richard (Dick) Ruch; and their sons and daughters-in-law, Richard Ruch and Renee House, Michael and Nancy Ruch, Douglas and Linda Ruch; and by a brother and sister-in-law, Lee and Jana Overbeek. She leaves behind 19 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be at Dykstra Funeral Home-Mulder Chapel, 188 West 32nd Street on June 8 from 5–7 p.m.

The memorial service will be at Western Theological Seminary on Tuesday, June 10, 4 p.m. with Rev. Drs. Richard S. Ruch and Renee House. A private reception will follow the service. A second memorial service will take place at Cornerstone Community Church in Mears on June 15 at 7 p.m.

Gifts in her memory (in lieu of flowers) can be made to Hospice of Holland or Words of Hope.

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Published in The Holland Sentinel on June 8, 2014
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