Ruth Evelyn Clingerman
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AGE: 85 • Monroe Township
Ruth Evelyn Clingerman (née Malan) died Friday, March 1, 2013 at the Princeton University Medical Center in Plainsboro, NJ following a sudden illness. She was 85. For the past 3 years she had been a resident of the Cranbury Care Facility in Monroe Township, NJ.
Ruth was born in the master bedroom of a farmhouse in Linn, Missouri on September 1, 1927, one of six children born to Lee Roy and Myrtle (née Monroe) Malan, both deceased. Valedictorian of Linn High School, she left home to seek her fortune in Washington, DC upon her graduation in 1945.
During World War II, Ruth worked in the Pentagon as an administrative assistant to the Undersecretary of Defense where she was responsible for correspondence during the infancy of the American nuclear and space programs, in addition to military matters. Ruth met the man who would be her husband while working there. She married Cullen Joseph "Joe" Clingerman June 11, 1949 in his home town of Bellefontaine, Ohio.
Ruth worked for over forty years as a secretary and administrative assistant in the various locations where her husband's work would take her, she supported work in insurance, ethical pharmaceuticals, and consumer goods until her retirement in 1993. Ruth was a long-time resident of central New Jersey where her family were long-time parishioners at St. Matthew the Apostle Church in Edison. She gave many hours of dedicated service to the church as a secretary, singing in the parish choir, and assisting with the craft bazaars and annual parish carnival. Ruth was an accomplished essayist and newspaper contributor for many years, contributing guest editorials wherever she lived, including the Buffalo (NY) Evening News and the Meriden (CT) Record-Journal. At the behest of her high school English teacher, Grace Bacon Ferrier, Ruth completed her first book, "Poems for Living" (Vantage Press ©1991) and followed this in 1999 with a smaller anthology "Pathways Home" at the death of her husband.
Ruth was predeceased in 1999 by "Joe", her husband of 49 years, and was predeceased by her brother, Bernis Malan and Norma Lee "Sis" Malan Helmig, both of Linn, Missouri. Ruth is survived by three children: son, Michael and wife, Diane of Dublin, Ohio; son, Christopher, and wife, Geraldine of Dayton, Ohio; and son, Philip, and wife, Judith of East Windsor, NJ. She is survived by three siblings: brother, Robert Malan of Austin, Texas; sister, Rita Malan Loehr of Jacksonville, Florida; and Patricia Malan Baldwin of Orange Park, Florida. Ruth is survived by four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and -nephews. Ruth was frequently heard to say that the proudest accomplishment of her life was and would always be the three wonderful and worthwhile sons whom she had presented the world. To her, family was everything. She will be sorely missed by that family.
Friends may call Monday, March 4, 2013 from 6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m. and Tuesday, March 5, 2013 from 9:30-10:30 am at the Mullen Funeral Home, 537 South Olden Avenue, Trenton, NJ 08629, (609) 392-1039. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 11:00a.m. at St. Anthony's Church, 626 South Olden Avenue, Trenton, NJ 08629, with the Rev. H. Todd Carter officiating. The Rev. Robert V. Meyers, JCL will concelebrate and will be the homilist. Interment will be private at a later date at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Bellefontaine, Ohio.
Published in Home News Tribune on Mar. 3, 2013