Naomi Ruth Iacono Naomi Ruth Iacono also known as "Toots" was born in Huntington Park, California to Erick and Verda Cederlind on September 26, 1918. On July 29, 2012 at the age of 93, Ruth departed this life to be with her loving husband Philip. At the age of fourteen Ruth and her family moved from Huntington Park to Tulare. She remained a resident of Tulare until her death. Ruth graduated from Tulare Union High School in 1937. After high school she married Philip Iacono and they were married for 63 years until his death in 2002. In 1945 Philip and Ruth established the family business known as "Philip Iacono Construction." Philip was in charge of the construction part of the business and Ruth worked as the bookkeeper. During her school years Ruth was involved in swimming and gymnastics. The skills she had in regards to her swimming led to her being certified in life saving techniques. She was active in the Jaycettes and the Tulare Emblem Club and was a member of the Tulare City Historical Society for several years. Ruth also served as a team leader for the Campfire Girls and was a den mother for the Cub Scouts. After retirement Philip and Ruth spent many happy hours traveling with their boating buddies "The Vagabundos". For many years they made several trips to Baja with this group. Many long lasting friendships were established during these excursions. She was an accomplished pianist and was very talented in ceramics. The family continues to enjoy and value the many beautiful ceramic nicknacks, figurines and seashell tables she made throughout the years. The seashells were all hand picked by her during her many visits to Baja. Ruth loved to tell the family stories about some of the friends she made during her time in Huntington Park. She was the next door neighbor and good friends with Pat Brady who was the sidekick to Roy Rogers in many of his movies. She also received the gift of a dog named "Nudger" from the actress Jean Harlow. Her quick wit and attention to detail made the stories of her childhood escapades especially interesting to her family. She had a wonderful sense of humor and continued to keep the family laughing even during her illness. She will be missed by all of us who loved her so dearly. In addition to her husband Philip, she was preceded in death by her mother and father Erick and Verda Cederlind and one sister Irma (Sis) Altaffer, Kenoyer. Ruth is survived by her daughter Phyllis and her husband Leonard Correia of Visalia, Ca. and her son Charles and wife Sandy Iacono of Tulare. She also leaves behind five grandchildren: Kathy (Richie) Sing of Visalia; Greg (Staci) Correia of Visalia; Janet (Steve) Mendonca of Tulare; Debi (P-Jay) Fidler of North Hollywood, Ca.; Bryan Iacono of Tulare, Ca.; and 9 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother-in-law, Jildo Iacono of Tulare and one sister-in-law, Martha LoPresti of Fresno and one remaining cousin Bernice Wilson of Visalia. Ruth and her husband Philip were very fond of their feline pets. She leaves behind their cat "Punky" who has flourished in their loving care for 17 years. A special thanks to Twin Oaks Residential and Rehab Nursing Facilities and Optimal Hospice for the wonderful care they provided during the last stages of her life. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Valley Oaks SPCA, 29016 Highway 99, Visalia, CA 93277, Meals on Wheels or a foundation of your choice. Viewing will be held from 5-8 p.m., Thursday, August 2, 2012 at Peers Lorentzen Funeral Chapel, Tulare. Graveside services will be held at 9 a.m., Friday, August 3, 2012 at Tulare District Cemetery, 900 E. Kern Ave., Tulare.
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Aug. 1, 2012