Ruby M. Hirschey, 94, formerly of Watertown


A prayer service for Ruby M. Hirschey, 94, formerly of Watertown, NY, and most recently residing in Peoria, AZ will be 10:15 am Friday, April 19th at the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home followed by a Mass of the Resurrection at Holy Family Church, with Rev. Steven Murray officiating.

Burial will follow in Brookside Cemetery. Viewing hours are Thursday, April 18th from 4 pm – 7 pm at the Reed and Benoit Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Ruby passed away Monday, March 18th at the Rock Creek Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in Suprise, AZ.

She was born in Watertown, NY, August 4, 1918, a daughter of John and Mary Coston. She graduated from Watertown High School and the Watertown School of Commerce.  She was the office manager of the Hotel Woodruff for 35 years.

Ruby married Howard A. Hirschey July 22, 1951. Mr. Hirschey died May 31, 1972.

Ruby loved to garden and cook.  Many of the herbs used in her cooking were grown in her own garden. Grandma Ruby’s rolls are legendary. She was a talented craftsperson who loved to sew and knit. She made countless scrubbies, washcloths and baby blankets. She attributed her longevity and good health to her habit of walking everywhere. As a devout Catholic, she attended Holy Family Church her entire life.

Ruby is survived by her three children: a son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Margery Hirschey, Boulder, CO and their two children Rachel Hirschey and Paige Hirschey; daughter, Carol Dorethy, (late husband James), Peoria, AZ and their five children Joel Dorethy, Melinda Biernot, Monica Gabel, Tyler Dorethy and Marcie Dorethy; and daughter and son-in-law, Linda and John Hanlon, Jackson, WY and their two children Davis Fay and Amanda Fay.

Ruby has many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by one brother, Frank Coston, and two sisters, Hilda Steele and Ada Lacombe.

Ruby will be forever remembered for her quiet elegance and the lady that she was.
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Saturday, December 20, 2014
, Watertown, NY
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