Ruth Ann Cates

PARSIPPANY â€" Ruth Ann Cates, 57, of Parsippany, died Monday, July 29, 2013, at home.

Ruth Ann was born in Franklin and grew up in Sussex County. Ruth Ann was an EKG tech at Newton Medical Center.

The daughter of the late George T. and Lulu (Crowell) VanSickle, she also was predeceased by her brother, George VanSickle.

Ruth Ann is survived by four children, Devin Cates, of Parsippany; Alena Cates, of Pennsauken; Logan Cates, of Parsippany; and Katie Schwarz, of Pasippany; Laura Zalewski (adopted heart), of Parsippany; Margaret Smith, (adopted mother), of Great Meadows; and her companion, George Schwarz; six sisters, Pat Decker, Georgia Hendershot, Rose Davis, Justina Sanchez, Joyce VanSickle and Luann Poyer; three brothers, Henry Sanchez, Seeley Titsworth and Lee Smith.

Services are private and under the direction of Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton.

Memorial donations may be made to , 7 Ridgedale Ave., Suite 103, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927. Online condolences may be offered at

Funeral Home

Smith-McCracken Funeral Home
63 High Street Newton, NJ 07860
(973) 383-4600

Published in The New Jersey Herald on July 31, 2013