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Kirsten Engberg Ruh  
August 8,1938 - August 6, 2018  

Born in Odense, Denmark, to a Danish mother and English father, Kirsten grew up in England during the difficult years of WWII and the post-war era. Educated in Lancashire County public schools, she earned a Cambridge Certificate of Education from what is now the University of Hertford and later taught in the British Army Schools system in occupied Germany. There she met a young American cold-war warrior who was smitten by her charms. They were married in England in 1962 and came to America soon afterward. She continued teaching here, entered the realm of motherhood, and eventually resumed her career, working with learning disabled children in Fairfax County Public Schools until 2003. She was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington and Friends of Green Spring Gardens, was active in Lake Barcroft community activities, and was a long-time volunteer at the Caring Connection Hospice Thrift Shop in Seven Corners.
At a relatively early age Kirsten was afflicted with early-onset Alzheimer's syndrome, which limited her abilities over time but which never diminished her cheerful demeanor and positive attitude. As her condition became more intolerable, she became a resident of Arden Courts of Annandale.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Glen Ruh; her brother, Halfdan Johnson of Copenhagen, Denmark; daughters, Alison Oleson of Falls Church and Karen Lilley of Charlottesville; her son, Colin Ruh of Richmond; and ten vibrant, loving grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Sunday, August 19, 5 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name to Caring Connection Hospice Services will be welcomed.

Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 10, 2018