Ruth (Platt) Dommel (1914 - 2014)

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GRANBY, CT - Ruth (Platt) Dommel, 100, formerly of Greenfield and a native of Lancaster, PA, passed away peacefully Friday (3-29-14) at Meadow Brook of Granby. She celebrated her 100th birthday on Feb. 6th of this year with many friends and family.
She was born, raised and educated in Lancaster, PA, the daughter of Ralph M. and Mary (Bowman) Platt. She pursued her career in business through the YWCA, developing and establishing organized clubs for women in the industry. She represented the YWCA women's activist group traveling throughout the United States.
She was married to Richard H. Dommel for 53 years before his passing in 1993. She moved to Greenfield in 1957 and was a member of the Second Congregational Church for many years where she served on the numerous church boards as well as being president of the women' s group.
Ruth was a homemaker. She was a member of the Organized Workers at Franklin County Public Hospital for 25 years, active in many Girl Scout troops, a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter and a member of the Country Club of Greenfield for over 40 years.
Ruth had a passion for art and studied oil painting with Lester Stevens, Harold Sautter, Maurice Kennedy and many other well-known local artists. She herself was an accomplished artist, painting many Greenfield landmarks.
Ruth enjoyed golfing, painting, sewing, crafts and most of all traveling through Europe, Asia and the United States. She was an avid Red Sox fan.
Among her survivors, Ruth leaves a son, Jan R. Dommel of Barkhamsted, CT; a daughter, Eileen D. Hutchinson of Scotia, NY; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held Saturday (4-5-14) at 10 a.m. at the Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square, Greenfield, with the Rev. Corey Sanderson officiating. Burial will follow at Green River Cemetery in Greenfield.
Calling hours will be held Friday evening from 5 to 7 at the Kostanski Funeral Home, 220 Federal St., Greenfield.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square, Greenfield, MA 01301.
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Published in The Recorder on Apr. 1, 2014