Ruth M. Ehrgott

Ruth M. Ehrgott

On November 12, 2012, Ruth Mildred (Patten) Ehrgott died in Noblesville, Indiana.

Born in Chicago on October 15, 1920, to Joseph F. and Adelaide (Meme) Patten, Mrs. Ehrgott was the widow of the Rev. Roberts E. Ehrgott, to whom she was married 51 years, until his death in 1997. She assisted Fr. Ehrgott in Episcopal parishes in the Chicago area, Indianapolis, and Pennsylvania. Mrs. Ehrgott was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Ethel Lillian (Patten) White, and her brother, John Patten.

Mrs. Ehrgott is survived by four children: Paul L. (Nina) Ehrgott, Anderson; Timothy P. (Jennifer) Ehrgott, Indianapolis; Roberts E. (Lynne) Ehrgott III, Bloomington; and Barbara Anne Kennedy, Cicero; along with eleven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a cousin, Alfred Owen (Christine) Taylor of Columbus. She also leaves behind several lifelong friends, including Rose and Irv Tronvig, and Annie Waters.

Visitation for Mrs. Ehrgott will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16, at the Gothic Chapel in Crown Hill Cemetery. A funeral service will follow at 1:30 in the same location.

Besides her responsibilities as a mother and wife of a parish priest, Mrs. Ehrgott was also a respected amateur genealogist. She was a member of the Caroline Scott Harrison chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Society of Indiana Pioneers, the Hamilton County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, and the Townsend Society of America.

The Ehrgott family wants especially to thank the staff at the Hearth at Windermere for the loving care of their mother and grandmother for the last 2 ½ years, and the professionals at Prairie Lakes in Noblesville for their excellent and compassionate care of her at the end of her life.

Donations in Ruth Ehrgott's memory may be made to the Harrison Fund, c/o Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, 1230 N. Delaware Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 (check payable to BHPS).

For a woman who was kind to all who helped care for her, Mrs. Ehrgott's beloved 1928 Book of Common Prayer summarizes the family's feelings at this time: "We give thee hearty thanks for the good examples of all those thy servants, who, having finished their course in faith, do now rest from their labors."

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Nov. 15, 2012