Ruth S. Harten, 89, of Wareham, Massachusetts, formerly of Cherokee, Iowa , died unexpectedly on Sunday, July 7, 2013. Born Ruth Johanna Hildegard Stetter on May 12, 1924, in Erfurt, Germany, she received her baccalaureate in Erfurt in 1943 and served as an interpreter for the American Military before immigrating to the United States in 1947. She later graduated Summa Cum Laude with the degree of Bachelor of Arts with a major in French and a minor in German from Buena Vista College, Storm Lake, Iowa, in 1976. She was the loving mother of Dr. James Nash Terrence Harten of Lexington, Massachusetts, and the loving sister of Gisela H. Klein OConnor of Dakota Dunes, South Dakota. Also surviving are her brother in law, Thomas Edward OConnor, her sister in law, Alice Anne Kolega, her half brothers Hans and Fritz Stetter, and her many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 54 years, Dr. James Nash Harten, her brother, Klaus Wolfgang Stetter, her half brother, Peter Stetter, and her parents, Johanna Elsa Topf and Franz Seraph Stetter. Ruth once set down on paper a draft of her own obituary in which she wanted all to know that She loved life!. She will be remembered for her joyful enthusiasm, her artistry and creativity and, yes, her elaborate dinner parties . In recent years, she enjoyed living in her log house, her view of the Weweantic River, and movie night with her son, Jim. Memorial services were private with arrangements under the direction of Hamel Funeral Care and Cremation Service of Massachusetts, Quincy, Massachusetts. In her memory, the family would appreciate your prayers and, perhaps, a smile as you reminisce about all the good times. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. George Bernard Shaw
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Published in Wareham Courier from July 24 to July 31, 2013